High Court Blocks Bill de Blasio's Effort to Protect Black People from Soda

First they came for cigarettes. Then they came for absolutely everything.


It was a bad day for left-wingers drunk on executive authority. Not only did Obama have his recess appointments blocked by the Supreme Court, but New York's radical left-wing mayor lost his war on soda... which he claimed to be fighting for black people.

Mayor de Blasio's statement: "The city's proposal to cap the size of sugary drinks responds to the alarming obesity and diabetes crisis that so disproportionally affects minority communities in New York City. We are hopeful that the State Court of Appeals will respect the expertise and authority of the Board of Health and its public health professionals and allow the city to move forward with a sound policy that can save the lives of many New Yorkers."

Disproportionate impact. It's everywhere. But sadly the court blocked Bill de Blasio's effort to save black people from drinking the large sodas they wanted to drink.

New York's highest court ruled 4-2 on Thursday to block New York City from banning the sale of large sugary drinks in restaurants and other venues.

In its majority opinion, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that the Board of Health "exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority. By choosing among competing policy goals, without any legislative delegation or guidance, the board engaged in law-making and thus infringed upon the legislative jurisdiction of the City Council."

When running for mayor last year, Mr. de Blasio, a supporter of the ban, said he would pursue council legislation to impose the ban if the courts ultimately refused to let the city move forward. An aide said Thursday the mayor is reviewing his options.

In a statement, Mary Bassett, commissioner of the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said the ruling "does not change the fact that sugary drink consumption is a key driver of the obesity epidemic, and we will continue to look for ways to stem the twin epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes by seeking to limit the pernicious effects of aggressive and predatory marketing of sugary drinks and unhealthy foods."

First they came for cigarettes. Then they came for absolutely everything.