The city's DOH continues in its effort to try to cover up the embarrassment it must feel from the Taco Rat incident. The agency is now closing local restaurants at a rate that is three times greater than it was before Templelton on his pals went wild in the Village. In today's NY Post columnist Steve Cuozzo makes a very important observation about this Commissioner Frieden-led crackdown.
Cuozzo points out that "Frieden was stung up the wazoo by public and press outrage," but goes on to make the more important point that "Despite the well-publicized points system, the decision to close a place is more arbitrary than most realize. Many violations criteria are useless for safeguarding customers' health-like a missing 'no spitting' sign or a jar of olives left on the floor, as happened at the Coffee Shop."
The regulatory jihad is costing local eateries close to m$30 million a year, and the decision to force calorie posting will cost an additional $46 million. Very little of the department's activities has any good impact on protecting the health of New Yorkers. It does, however, directly imperil the health of the city's restaurants, a sector that employs hundreds of thousands of our folks. Just another reason why the expansion of government often means trouble for the industrious among us-and the average citizens who depend on their enterprise.