Ludicrous Laws

As his first major legislative action since losing that congressional race in Brooklyn, David Yassky will act to take a number of “ludicrous laws” — outdated and ridiculous-sounding rules crafted, perhaps, in more humorous times — off the books.

Among the bills being repealed is one that says it’s illegal to use a horse to wash a street, sidewalk, or steps of a building.

The rest are after the jump.

Any other laws that the Council should repeal?

— Azi Paybarah


Council Set to Pass Yassky Bill to Repeal “Ludicrous” Laws

The City Council will vote Wednesday on a law by Council Member David Yassky (D-Brooklyn) to repeal local, sometimes bizarre, regulations onerous to small businesses.

As chair of the small business committee, Yassky is pushing to change or remove several of the most egregious examples of these ludicrous laws that effect shop owners, food vendors and others. These small business owners are often fined for violations of meaningless sections of the administrative code, such as:

– Section 24-332 – It is unlawful for any person to wash any street, sidewalk, areaway, steps or building by means of a hose.
– Section 17-315 – Food vendors cannot display food for sale in vending carts.
– Section 20-224 – Tour guides must be approved with a Department of Health screening and must submit letters of recommendation from three New Yorkers who have known the applicant for at least two years.

Where: City Hall Council Chamber
When: Wednesday, September 27, 1 PM Ludicrous Laws