De Blasio’s Coming War on Big Gulps

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio will pick up former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s fight against sodas larger than 16 ounces when he sends city lawyers to argue the case in favor of the ban at the Court of Appeals on June 4.

Bloomberg’s ban was rejected by the city council in 2012, but the mayor moved forward anyway. A state judge blocked the ban in 2013 and said he overstepped his authority when he bypassed the city council. 

De Blasio supports limiting the sale of large sodas and hints he would use city council legislation for the ban instead of a Health Department edict.

“I think we could do a much better job of working with parents and working with communities to help them understand why this is a good idea and get their buy-in,” de Blasio told the New York Daily News in January. 

Other nanny-state agenda items for de Blasio include a proposed ban on new wood-burning fireplaces (New Yorkers who already have wood-burning fireplaces would be allowed to keep them, but they would be restricted in the type of wood they could burn).