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Street Vendor Project Applauds Speaker Quinn for Supporting Lower Vendor Fines
Following SVP’s Multi-Year Campaign,City Council Will Vote on Bill Lowering Maximum Fine to $500
New York, NY – Following Speaker Quinn’s announcement today that she will prepare to pass a bill to lower fines for street vendors, the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center released the following statement:
“Following years of organizing to lower the crippling fines imposed on street vendors, we are thrilled to have the support of Speaker Quinn for a bill that will have a huge impact on the smallest of New York City’s small business owners,” said Sean Basinski, Director of the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center. “Street vendors are hardworking men and women who serve their local communities and make this city great, and they deserve the support of city government. Lowering the maximum fine will be a major step in protecting vendors’ rights, and we look forward to celebrating the bill’s passage in the City Council.”
Under Mayor Bloomberg, street vendors have routinely received fines of as much as $1,000 for minor infractions unrelated to health and safety, such as being inches too close to a doorway or having a vending license in their pocket instead of around their necks. The Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center has worked for years to lower these fines that often cause vendors to lose their livelihoods. SVP recently launched a campaign with hundreds of vendors across the city who placed flyers on their carts to call on Speaker Quinn to lower the maximum fines.
This is great news for all vendors,” said Aziz Rahmat, who sells coffee and donuts from a cart on 31st Street and Seventh Avenue, near Penn Station. “Thanks to Speaker Quinn for moving this forward.”
ABOUT THE STREET VENDOR PROJECT AT THE URBAN JUSTICE CENTER
The Street Vendor Project is a membership-based project with more than 1,500 active vendor members who are working together to win power and respect. The Street Vendor Project is part of the Urban Justice Center, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and advocacy to various marginalized groups of New Yorkers.