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NYC Street Vendors Push for New Laws Protecting Their Rights

HeadlineJan 28, 2022

Hundreds of street vendors in New York City led a march to Times Square Thursday, demanding labor protections and for the city to stop issuing heavy fines to vendors who haven’t been able to get selling permits. Bronx Councilmember Pierina Sanchez is backing new legislation that would end the criminalization of street vendors and increase the number of vending permits.

Councilmember Pierina Sanchez: “So, we’re coming to 10,000 permits, just about, by 2032. It sounds good, right? It sounds OK. Except you think about the fact that there are 20,000 street vendors on our streets today. All they want to do is feed their families. All they want to do is make ends meet.”

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