Public advocate and 2013 mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio released a report today looking at an increase in fines against smaller businesses, which he says is overly burdening lower-incomes business owners in the outer bouroughs.
The report details an uptick in fines due to more frequent inspections, and suggests the increase was intended to compensation for a decrease in City revenues due to the recent recession.
According to de Blasio, the inspections disproportionately targeted certain boroughs and neighborhoods over others.
The agencies de Blasio's report looked at most closely are the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He said for the DOHMH between 2010 and 2012 there was a 55 percent increase in inspection visits and a 73 percent increase in violations issued. For the DCA, his report apparently found a 66 percent increase in inspections and a 102 percent increase in revenue from fines.
Both agencies apparently increased annual fine revenue by a combined $50 million, according to the report.
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