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List: 32 Bloomberg Bans as Mayor of NYC

By Craig Bannister | February 19, 2020 | 2:54pm EST
Michael Bloomberg
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Democrat presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg banned, or attempted to ban, far more than just large sodas during his dozen years as mayor of New York City, according to a list published on the eve of his departure from office.

On New Year’s Eve 2013, Gizmodo published a list if compiled of 32 Bloomberg bans, some of which were overturned or merely promoted by Mayor Bloomberg.

The majority of bans fell into one of three categories: smoking, transportation and food/beverage – but, music, grass clippings and heating oils were also targeted, the list reveals. By general category, the bans addressed the following areas of New Yorkers’ lives:

  • Smoking/Tobacco: 6
  • Transportation: 6
  • Food/Food Service: 5
  • Buildings/Bathrooms/Black Roofs: 5
  • Music: 2
  • Grass clippings/Grassy Areas: 2
  • Cell Phones in Schools: 1
  • Guns: 1
  • Term Limits: 1
  • Organic Food Waste from Landfills: 1
  • Heating Oils: 1
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: 1

The full list compiled by Gizmodo, including links to sources such as The New York Times, The Huffington Post and CBS News, is presented below. Read Gizmodo’s original 2013 article here.

  1. Smoking in commercial establishments like bars and restaurants (2003)
  2. Smoking in public spaces (2011)
  3. Cigarette sales to those under 21 (2013)
  4. Sales of "flavored" tobacco products (2009)
  5. Smoking e-cigarettes in public spaces (2013) ***
  6. Cigarette in-store displays (2013)
  7. Cars in Times Square (2009)
  8. Cars from driving in newly created bike lanes (2007-2013)
  9. Cars causing congestion below 60th Street in Manhattan (2007)*
  10. Speeding on residential "slow zones" (2013)
  11. Illegal guns (2006-2013) **
  12. Sodium levels in processed foods (2010) **
  13. Trans-fats in restaurants (2006)
  14. Loud headphones (2013) **
  15. Styrofoam packaging in single-service food items (2013)
  16. Sodas larger than 16 ounces (2012) *
  17. Collection of yard waste and grass clippings during certain times of year (2003-2013)
  18. Organic food waste from landfills (2013) **
  19. Commercial music over 45 decibels (2013)
  20. Chain restaurant menus without calorie counts (2008)
  21. The posting of signs in "city-owned grassy areas" (2013)
  22. Non-fuel-efficient cabs (2007)
  23. New cabs that aren't Nissan NV200s (2013) *
  24. Greenhouse gas emissions (2007)
  25. Government buildings that aren't LEED-certified (2005)
  26. Non-hurricane-proof buildings in coastal areas (2013)
  27. Black roofs (2009) **
  28. Construction cranes over 25 years old (2013)
  29. No. 6 and No. 4 "heavy" heating oils (2011)
  30. Less than a 2-1 ratio of female and male restrooms in new public buildings (2005)
  31. Cell phones in schools (2006)
  32. Two-term limits for city elected officials (2008) *

* Overruled/appealed ban
** Suggested/voluntary ban
*** Proposed/pending ban

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