In the waning days of her term as City Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito is ushering through a bill that would dramatically expand New York City’s street vending industry — a move to satisfy a longstanding concern of immigrant workers whose livelihoods have long been a priority of hers.
The push, which multiple sources confirmed to POLITICO, is of concern to small businesses, who could be competing for customers with free-standing trucks that park rent-free outside their front doors.
Council members, who were briefed on the speaker’s plans Wednesday, are split. Some argue permits are so hard to come by, vendors rely on a black market for unregulated licenses. Others worry the move would pose a threat to existing restaurants and shops.