***UPDATE: A state judge on Monday stopped Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration from banning the sale of large sugary drinks at New York City restaurants and other venues, a major defeat for a mayor who has made public-health initiatives a cornerstone of his tenure.***
New Yorkers, drink up! Today is the last day that you will be able to buy your large sugary drinks. As of tomorrow, Nanny Bloomberg's large sugary drink ban goes into effect, limiting their size to no more than 16 ounces.
The Health Department is already armed with specially ordered measuring cups and prepared to engage in routine inspections throughout the city of all establishments that receive a health code rating.
Places like Starbucks have decided that they are going to continue selling 20-ounce venti drinks, which it claims passes inspection because of the amount of milk content. But as for smaller businesses, many have lost money by throwing away inventory and printing new menus or compliance rules. The cost of doing business in New York is already the second highest in the nation, and Nanny Bloomberg's additional regulations aren't doing businesses any favors.
As I've chronicled on the program, sugary drinks is just one of the many items that Nanny Bloomberg has targeted. Loud headphones was the latest to join the list, along with salt, smoking, transfats, styrofoam and others.
Imagine if Mayor Bloomberg used this amount of energy to tackle real issues, like the fact that 80% of New York City high school graduates can't read, write or do math.