At the very end of New York magazine's epic Q & A with Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City shares his thoughts on the restaurant letter grade system, which was implemented in 2010. Many, many restaurateurs have complained about the harsh fines issued by DOH inspectors over the years. Here's Mayor Mike's take on the subject:
Public overwhelmingly in favor. And the number of cases of salmonella in hospitals declined something like 14 percent. People say we're just doing it for the money raised by the fines—no, but if we don't get those moneys we're gonna have to raise your taxes, because we do need the money from someplace.The good news is that the Department of Health recently agreed on a plan that could cut the amount that restaurants are fined by $10 million a year.
· In Conversation: Michael Bloomberg [NYM]
· Department of Health Agrees to Reduce Restaurant Fines [~ENY~]
· All Coverage of the Department of Health [~ENY~]