This morning, during his regular Friday radio appearance, Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his public health policies in the wake of the uproar accompanying his big-soda ban.
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Pointing to New Yorkers' increased life expectancy, he said, "Just before you die, remember you got three extra years."
He also dismissed the notion that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver might, as he has indicated, pass legislation overturning the ban.
"Well, I don't think that's gonna happen," said the mayor. "I assume the governor would veto it. I haven't talked to Shelly yet, so I don't know how much of that's made up."
On Wednesday evening, the Bloomberg administration revealed, via a story in the Times, that it was planning to enact a ban on the sale of sugared sodas in containers larger than 16 ounces. The ban would not apply to fruit juice, milk-based beverages or alcohol. And while it would apply to food-service establishments regulated by the city, like restaurants, some bodegas, and movie theaters, it would not apply to grocery stores, which are regulated by the state.