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Council Bill Would Ease Restaurant Letter Grade Burden, Supporters Say

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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and hospitality advocates unveiled a bill Monday aimed at improving the restaurant inspection program.

It addresses complaints that inspection fines are an unfair burden on small businesses.

Supporters say the bill would save restaurant owners $10 million in fines.

It also would create advisory panels to review letter grades and work more closely with restaurant owners.

Quinn says the measures will keep the system fair for restaurants and customers.

"The system has brought information to New Yorkers, but it's also brought increased regulatory and financial burdens on restaurants. We want to make sure that the inspection system is fair and accountable to customers and to folks who work and run restaurants."

Speaker Quinn says the since the restaurant grading system went into effect in 2010, owners have seen an increase of about $20 million in fines.

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