State Senator Wants Letter Grades For Restaurants
By: NY1 News
NY1: State Senator Wants Letter Grades For Restaurants
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State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx said Sunday that he will introduce legislation requiring restaurants to be graded, A through F, based on their sanitary conditions.
Restaurants would then be required to display the grades in their front windows.
The announcement was made at a press conference was held in front of Cafe La Fonduta, which is on the senator's top ten list of the city's worst restaurants.
Klein says his office looked at 700 restaurants and discovered 56 percent of them failed inspections due to pest violations.
"You can have a local eating establishment that continuously fails inspections, pet violations and the public is never aware of this,” said Klein.
"We should not have to wait until home videos catch rodents crawling in a restaurant before there's an action,” said state Senator Eric Adams of Brooklyn. “If we take preventive, proactive steps, we can ensure the safety of all New Yorkers."
The proposal comes in response to the health department's crackdown on restaurants after video footage showed rats running rampant at a Manhattan Taco Bell/KFC after hours.
The health department says it will look into the proposal to introduce a grading system, but that its current scoring system provides more detail about violations than a letter-grading system would.