**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
MARCH 15, 2013
Contact: Aja Worthy-Davis (212) 788-7081
Council Member Letitia James To Appear On MSNBC Morning Show, 'Up With Chris Haynes'
(New York, NY)— On Saturday, March 16, 2013, Council Member Letitia James will join the panel of UP With Chris Hayes, an MSNBC morning political talk show, to discuss the New York City “soda ban” proposal introduced by the Bloomberg administration.
On March 11, 2013, the New York State Supreme Court halted the City of New York from implementing a ban on single-serving sugary drinks over 16 ounces, popularly known as the “soda ban”, which would have gone into effect on March 12, 2013. In a 37-page decision, Judge Milton Tingling “enjoined and permanently restrained” the City from exercising the ban, citing the regulations as “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences,” and questioning the administration’s right to implement such policy without Legislative (City Council) support.
Council Member Letitia James has long argued that the ban was arbitrary and would most harshly target small local businesses; and has additionally proposed that the administration focus on improving physical education in public schools, re-developing local parks and playgrounds, and supporting urban farming programs and community gardens.
UP With Chris Hayes airs on MSNBC from 8:00AM to 10:00AM.