Friday, September 23, 2005

Intro 709, Consumer Affairs and Double Dipping

Currently, the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs can fine a small business for violating tobacco regulations (e.g. not having a "We Card" sign) twice, once under the city law and again under state law. This outrageous provision allows DCP to double its revenue and again shows that the administration sees small business as a perennial cash cow. Thankfully, Intro 709, sponsored by Speaker Miller and Councilmembers Liu, Nelson and Stewart would eliminate such double dipping. We'll keep you updated on this legislation.