Thursday, May 19, 2005

Weiner and the Drugstores

In what appears to be a version of man bites dog, Maggie Haberman is reporting in today's Daily News that Anthony Weiner raised $15,000 from neighborhood pharmacies after putting in legislation that would have permitted these small businesses to combine together for the purpose of reducing their insurance costs.

With the influx of chain drug stores, chain supermarkets with pharmacies, and box store pharmacy operations, it has become harder and harder for independent neighborhood drug stores to survive. Yet, there are still three thousand of these hardy souls still alive and well in New York City and they are a valuable resource for their neighborhoods. The Weiner story here is that we have an elected official looking to protect small business while the mayor seemingly has no clue about their very existence.