Health Department agrees to reduce restaurant fines
The city's Health Department and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn Sunday reached a deal to lower fines for minor violations for restaurants.
"We have to balance the needs of restaurant owners and operators with our obligation to keep restaurants clean and safe for the public. We've struck that balance with the fine reductions we are announcing today," Quinn said.
Under the new rules, 60% of fines will be set to a minimum $200. The average for many low-level violations had been $348.
"Even with reduced fines, the grading system will continue to encourage restaurant managers to prepare food safely," said Health Commissioner Thomas Farley.