My name is . I am a resident of the Bronx in the and I live at .
It is my understanding that the City Council will be considering legislation that will increase the number of vending permits. I wanted
to share my opinion and concerns with your office, regarding this proposed legislation. My home is located in a quiet residential community
with good businesses that abide by the NYC Health Department regulations. As a resident in good standing in my community, I appreciate our
food establishments keeping clean so that we will not get sick from food poisoning. Upon a closer inspection with many of the street cart
vendors I feel that they are not clean and up to city requirements. They pose a threat to our health and our childrens health, as neighborhood
children may stop there after school to get a quick something to eat. As a community we cannot understand how there are only 2 enforcement
officers to monitor so many carts throughout the five boroughs. Due to the lack of enforcement, this allows these cart owners to get away with
serious violations that can be detrimental to our community.
Having stated this we also feel that the carts reduce our market value of our homes. They are an eyesore along the business corridor and
make the streets cluttered and in many cases causing dangerous driving situations by blocking the driveways of local businesses. They also have very
bright and distracting signs blinking late at night as they stay open for business until about 3 am. In some instances because the carts are so big,
they block the view of oncoming vehicles when we are entering or exiting the regular established businesses because the vendors decide to park in
front of or near the entrances of these businesses. They also leave grease stains all over the sidewalk where they park. This is not only degrading
to the community, but also unfair to the landlord of that property in our neighborhood. We as New York City Residents propose the following:
In closing, I feel that the City has a difficult time regulating the existing number of vendors and that any plan to increase their numbers, without a
comprehensive plan, similar to the one laid out above, will prove to be problematic.
Thank you for your attention and consideration of these matters.