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Street-vendor legislation is dead

A City Council bill that would expand the curbside-cooking industry has run out of gas, despite Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s attempts to whip up support before the timer rings on her term.
The speaker has been unable to persuade three members of the council committee considering the street-vendor reform bill to support it, meaning it cannot proceed to the full council for a vote, according to sources.
Mark-Viverito took over stewardship of the legislation—which would increase the number of food-cart permits by 600 over seven years—from Manhattan Councilman Mark Levine, hoping to bake in her image as a champion for immigrant vendors. But sources said a lobbying campaign by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, the restaurant industry, the Real Estate Board of New York and numerous business improvement districts persuaded a majority of the Committee on Consumer Affairs to oppose the legislation.
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