The New York Council voted on Intro 1116, a historic piece of legislation, that will expand the number of street vending permits, create a designated street vendor enforcement unit, and establish an advisory board comprised of key stakeholders.
Councilmember Menchaca, Chair of the Committee on Immigration and co-prime sponsor of the legislation, released the following statement:
“Street vendors are part of our history, present, and future. It has been almost half a century since the city has taken any action on our outdated street vendor permit and enforcement system.
“Throughout that time, we have seen a rampant underground market grow, exploitation of immigrant workers, over-policing and discrimination of vendors, and outdated regulations that have created disorderly and frustration in our commercial corridors.
“With Intro 1116, we now have an opportunity to modernize sorely outdated rules and regulations that will serve both street vendors and brick-and-mortar businesses. This is a victory for all New Yorkers.”