Bloomberg Vows to Ease Fines, Cut Red Tape

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While the City Council considers bills that would lower food-truck fines, Diner’s Journal reports that Mayor Bloomberg, in today’s State of the City address, promised to cut health-inspection fines (in certain cases, at least). Restaurants that receive an "A" on their first inspection now won’t be fined for petty offenses (you’ll recall the deli that received the city’s first "A" was nevertheless bilked for $800). Bloomberg also vowed to keep up his work eliminating the red tape of getting a restaurant off the ground: “We will fundamentally simplify the number of approvals necessary and the means for securing them.”

Mayor Promises a Plan for Fewer Restaurant Fines [Diner’s Journal/NYT]