Vendors are ready for a new relationship with City Hall. And de Blasio has already shown he is willing to sit down with regular folks and listen to their thoughts and ideas. I know that vendors are eager to share with the Mayor-elect their vision for the city.
Every day, vendors tell us that police officers treat them with disrespect. This kind of low-level abuse degrades vendors as people while also harming the relationship between vendors (who can otherwise act as eyes-and-ears of the police) and the NYPD.
Last Wednesday, the New York City Council passed a bil that halves the fines that can be levied on vendors. Because of this victory thousands of new immigrants who enrich our city can go to work secure in the knowledge they'll be able to feed their families.