New York City Cops Will Finally Stop Targeting Street Food Vendors

The police in New York City will stop overseeing and ticketing street food vendors, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this week. Responsibility for enforcing mobile vending rules will reside with other departments, including health, sanitation, and parks. 

This is an overdue and welcome move. Police have made life hell for decades for vendors in the city. In 2015, for example, the NYPD issued nearly 19,000 tickets to vendors.

Vending without a permit, The New York Times notes, is illegal, and puts vendors “at risk of fines, property confiscation and arrest.” Many of the people put at risk by these policies

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