NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City street vendors marched across the Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday, calling for financial relief during the coronavirus pandemic.
Vendors were joined by elected officials as they headed towards City Hall.READ MORE: Retired FDNY Firefighter Suffering From 9/11-Related Illness In Need Of Lifesaving Bone Marrow Transplant
They want the City Council to pass a resolution to end alleged police harassment and remove what they believe is an outdated cap on the number of available permits.
Vendors say this will help boost sales, which are down as much as 80-90%.READ MORE: Harlem Man Arrested After Allegedly Punching Woman, Striking 5-Year-Old Child
“This is a part of our history here in New York, and what we’re asking for, for a community of immigrants that were rejected from any support from the federal government, is for this kind of humanitarian relief,” New York City Council member Carlos Menchaca said.
Thursday also happened to be International Street Vendor Day.
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