The council speaker, along with three other council reps, penned a letter to the fast food giant bluntly stating their opposition:
Doling out unhealthy food on city streets simply to drum up business will do more harm than good — and we won’t let it happen here. Given that over one-third of our school-aged children are overweight or obese...we see your plan as a direct threat to the health of our city’s youth.
Burger King's last assault on New York came in the form of a giant floating crown on the Hudson River to "honor" the Statue of Liberty's 125th birthday.
California politicians recently rallied against a similar cause with a bill proposing food trucks stay further than 1,500 feet of elementary schools, as not to tempt the little ones with Whoppers on wheels.
Council members are particularly worried that the prospect of free whoppers will endanger city's efforts aimed at promoting healthy eating habits in school lunches.
Quinn's whopper crusade adds to her increasingly long list of vocal causes, as she is expected to announce her mayoral campaign in the months ahead.
In March, Quinn targeted another fast food joint, calling for a boycott of a West Village McDonald's. Only this time, to speak against multiple violent incidents that have taken place at the West 3rd Street restaurant, including a cashier's use of a metal rod during a brutal assault on a young woman in October.