THE BRONX - The City Council has passed a bill that reduces fines for licensed street vendors.
The bill, which lowers the maximum amount a vendor can be fined from $1,000 to $500, was introduced to the City Council by Vamos Unidos. The organization pushes for street vendor rights and considers the bill a huge win for vendors throughout the city.
Street vendors can be issued a summons for anything from food handling to not wearing their vendor license. Many sellers become frustrated by the waiting period to get a city permit and sell without one, thereby putting themselves at risk for frequent fines.
Those without permits can still be fined up to $1,000 for a single violation.
Mayor Bloomberg still has to sign the bill into law, but it does have enough votes to override a veto.