De Blasio Is On Same Page With Bloomberg On Soda Ban And Health Issues

The WSJ reports: Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio, who has been a fierce critic of the Bloomberg administration, said he mostly likes what he has seen when it comes to mayor Bloomberg’s policies on public health.

“Public health is one of the areas where the Bloomberg administration was quite effective,” Mr. de Blasio said in an interview. “I would continue the vast majority of their initiatives.”

By contrast, GOP nominee Joe Lhota, who leans libertarian on many social issues, said he shares the same goals as Mr. Bloomberg—improving New Yorkers’ health—but he disagrees with what he describes as the mayor’s penchant for “using police powers to ban things.”

“Americans don’t respond very well to being told by their government what they can do and what they can’t do,” Mr. Lhota said in an interview. “And, so, for me, the overall approach is going to be one of making New Yorkers understand what the risks are and having them use their own judgment going forward.”

De Blasio and Lhota have different opinions about one of the most controversial initiatives on the mayor’s policy docket: his proposal to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 oz. in restaurants and other venues across the five boroughs. Mr. de Blasio said he supports the proposal and would continue the appeal, while Mr. Lhota said he would drop it.

10/01/2013 9:29 AM by Jacob Kornbluh

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