1:35 pm Feb. 25, 2013
Starting March 12, New Yorkers will no longer be able to buy sugary beverages in containers larger than 16 ounces at city-regulated establishments. They'll still be able to buy them at places run by the state, though.
It's a Big Gulp-sized loophole that Mayor Michael Bloomberg would like to see closed.
"So, if you can buy a 64-ounce soda in a supermarket, why not allow the pizza parlor to deliver a 64-ounce," David Seifman, of the New York Post, asked Bloomberg this morning.
Over the weekend, the Post reported that pizza parlors would no longer be able to deliver big bottles of soda along with their pies once the mayor's big-soda ban goes into effect, because pizza parlors and other restaurants are regulated by the city, and the city's board of health approved the ban last year.
Grocery stores, however, are regulated by the state and are therefore exempt.
"You have exactly the right question, but you're asking it the wrong ways," the mayor said to Seifman. "Keep in mind, we're trying to save the lives of these kids, OK? ... Why don't you ask the question to the state, who regulates stores? … The state should do exactly the same thing in stores. I couldn't agree more with you."
A spokesman for Cuomo had no immediate comment.