Labor Commissioner Approves New York Minimum Wage

In what surprises absolutely no-one, New York state Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino approved the recommendation of the Fast Food Wage Board appointed earlier this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Not even trying to make it look on the level, Governor Cuomo in an appearance with Vice President Joe Biden, announced that Commissioner Musolino had signed…

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Sodium Next New York City Target

The New York City Board of Health has approved a proposal that will require labeling of certain foods on restaurant menus where the sodium content exceeds the recommended daily limit of salt (about a teaspoon).  In another prime example of ‘nanny state run amok’, Board members said that even though many restaurant companies post sodium…

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New York City Sugary Drink Ban Coming Back?

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be long gone from Gracie Mansion, but some of his wacky policies just won’t go away.  Recall that the former mayor passed a ban on the sale of sugary drinks of 16 ounces or more at certain, but not all, establishments back in 2012.  The ordinance was challenged in the…

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New York City Styrofoam Ban Takes Effect

When the calendar turned to July this week, it marked the end of polystyrene food containers in New York City, including Dunkin’s iconic foam coffee cups.  Although the ban formally took effect on the first of this month, there is a 6 month grace period for the phasing out of all foam food containers meaning…

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Now, On The Other Hand

What the Governors giveth, the locals taketh away – or so it seems.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for state lawmakers to increase the minimum wage in the city by 44 percent.  In what was described as a “robustly liberal” speech, he advocated for increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2019…

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New York City Bans Styrofoam

It has been on the books “subject to” since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg got the idea approved by the City Council in December 2013, but current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking the issue to the next step and implementing a citywide ban on polystyrene foam effective July 1, 2015. The ban,…

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Dunkin’ Still King of the City

For the seventh consecutive year, Dunkin Donuts has more stores in New York City than any other franchised business with 536 shops operating within the city and its five boroughs.  Subway was the second most popular chain in the city with 468 restaurants.  Starbucks with 282 stores was in fifth place and McDonalds was sixth…

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Minimum Wage Increases Still In The News

As we get closer to the November elections, the important issue of minimum wage increases continues to make headlines on both coasts and in a host of other communities across the country.  This past week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio seemingly took a page from President Obama’s playbook and – by Executive Order…

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NYC Council Adopts Polystyrene Foam Ban

Subject to the proverbial “study”, the New York City Council last week passed an ordinance setting up the likely ban of polystyrene foam throughout the nation’s largest city.  The bill allows lawmakers to ban styrofoam if the Sanitation Department finds after a year-long study that it can’t be recycled effectively.  The objectivity of the study…

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