NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It looks like supersized sugary drinks in New York City are staying on the menu.
In a unanimous opinion, an appeals court upheld a lower court’s decision Tuesday, saying the Board of Health’s plan to put a 16-ounce limit on sugary drinks was an illegal overreach of executive power.
The four-judge panel of the state Supreme Court Appellate Division said the Board of Health was acting too much like a legislative body when it created the ban and said it didn’t believe sugary drinks were “inherently harmful.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke out against the court’s ruling while at a ribbon-cutting event in Midtown on Tuesday afternoon.
“Yeah, it’s disappointing. There are an awful lot of people dying from the effects of overweight. It is the single biggest, fastest problem in this country. It’s particularly a problem among poor people,” Bloomberg told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.