Mayor Bloomberg, who earlier this week announced his plans to ban large-size sodas in the city, presented a proclamation today in honor of National Donut Day which was started by the Salvation Army in 1938. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Some people just love donuts. It seems Mayor Bloomberg is among them.
A day after announcing his plan to ban large sodas from restaurants, movie theaters and sports arenas, the mayor made it clear he does not have it out for all sugary treats.
A proclamation from City Hall made Donut Day official. But for some people enjoying Donut Day, the disconnect between the mayor's support for donuts and his disdain for soda was a bit perplexing.
"These have tons of sugar," said one resident. "So he can't just look at the drink. He has to look at what people eat also. The mayor is looking at it one way but he has to look at all angles."
The mayor did not personally attend the donut giveaway. Instead, he spent the morning defending his soda ban plan on his weekly radio show.
"When you start drinking 32 ounces of this stuff, that really is detrimental to your health," he said on his show.
The mayor insists that no one's rights will be curtailed if the restrictions take effect. New Yorkers could still buy as much soda as they want. It would just be served in smaller glasses.
Governor Cuomo said the mayor's idea could do no harm. He said he does not think it is necessary for the state to override the soda ban.
"It will be reviewed by the next mayor," Cuomo said. "It will be discussed during the mayoral campaign and then if people really object to it, the next mayor can just undo it."
A spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said trying to block the ban with legislation this session is not a priority.
One consumer group is so enraged that it is putting a full-page ad in the New York Times.
In the meantime, New Yorkers are enjoying big sodas while they can. They need something to wash down those donuts.