ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A New York senator introduced a “Lemon-Aid” law to keep child-run lemonade stands open for business across the state.
The legislation is in response to the New York State Health Department closing down 7-year-old Brendan Mulvaney’s lemonade stand outside his Saratoga County home.
On Monday, the Health Department says permits are required to operate lemonade stands but they do not enforce it.
Sen. Jim Tedisco (R,C,I, REF-Glenville) says the bill would exempt children who operate pop-up lemonade stands under adult supervision from having to obtain and pay for any state permits.
“This is a microcosm of what’s wrong with New York State. No wonder New York State has lost one million people in the past decade and close to 200,000 people in the past year. What’s going on in New York State where we have a serious government corruption problem but the state is instead wasting taxpayer dollars harassing 7-year-old kids selling lemonade? If this continues, we won’t be known as the ‘Empire State’ any longer, but we’ll become the ‘Empty State,’” said Sen. Tedisco.
Sen. Tedisco is also calling on the Health Department to waive the permit fee for the day Brendan was shut down and reimburse him for lost wages.