As many as 1,000 New York City street cart vendors are expected to march together tomorrow to protest what they say are unfair fines the city levies against them.
The demonstration, titled “1,000 Vendors Against $1,000 Fines,” will begin at noon on the steps of City Hall.
Organized by the Street Vendor Project, ¡Vamos Unidos! & the 125th St Merchants Association, the vendors will call for change in the fine structure system the city imposes on vendors, arguing that $1,000 fines are excessive.
Street vendors say they are unfairly fined for minor violations such as carrying a license in their pocket instead of around their necks or being one foot too close to the crosswalk. They say small fines snowball to become $1,000 penalties, putting vendors out of work.
Recently, the City Council introduced legislation that would ease the penalties on vendors. The Council's Black, Latino and Asian Caucus is asking that the maximum fine be reduced to just $250.
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