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De Blasio Plans to Uphold Soda Ban

Mayor announces leader for Health Department, plans to push forward Bloomberg's controversial soda ban.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his pick to lead the city’s Health Department on Thursday and said that he would uphold Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial soda ban.

Doctor Mary Bassett will serve as the leader of the city’s Department of Health and Hygiene.

“There’s no better time to be the health commissioner of New York City than now, with an administration that places social justice at the heart of its agenda,” Bassett told NY 1.

De Blasio said that while he agreed with many of Bloomberg’s health initiatives, including the ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces, his administration would take a different approach to decision making.

A judge blocked Bloomberg’s ban one day before it was scheduled to go into effect last year. The Bloomberg administration thenfiled an appeal on the matter, but the case has yet to return to court.

Harriet Brown January 18, 2014 at 03:24 PM
I hope he reconsiders this. Education is far better than legislation, in this matter.
Our Streets January 18, 2014 at 08:20 PM
If it means less of my tax dollars paying the medical bills for obesity, I'm all for it. It's not a ban on soda, just on a certain size container. If you really want that much soda, just buy two. I don't see what the big "controversy" is about. We've got bigger things to talk about then this, like Stop&Frisk, airplane noise, or child traffic deaths.
Maureen Beach January 22, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Education is absolutely a better approach to combating obesity than legislation. We can’t regulate our way to health, but we can teach how people about countering overall calorie intake with physical activity to improve our behaviors and health over the long-term.
Harriet Brown January 22, 2014 at 03:31 PM
To Our Streets If that goes through, what will be next? French fries? Candy? White bread??? I think obesity might be better than being skinny, bitter, and self-righteous.

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