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October 12, 2016- The NYT reports, “With that in mind, the City Council intends to consider legislation that would gradually double the number of food vendor permits issued over the course of seven years, making it possible for 600 more street vendors to begin legally selling food each year.
Since the early 1980s, the number of food vendor permits allowed by the city’s health department has stayed at about 4,235, causing many vendors to turn to a black market, where two-year, full-time permits can cost up to $25,000. Vendors who obtain a two-year permit from the city pay $200 and can renew it indefinitely. Under the proposed legislation, a two-year permit would cost $1,000.
The legislation, called the Street Vending Modernization Act and sponsored by Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Council speaker, and at least six other members, would aim to curb the black market while boosting enforcement of regulations, especially in congested areas.”