2017-11-01 / Features

MTA ‘Makes The Right Choice For NYC Kids’


Council Member Daniel Dromm (c.) stands with Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr. (l.) and BAAFT advocates to call on the MTA Board of Directors to eliminate alcohol advertisements from all MTA property. Council Member Daniel Dromm (c.) stands with Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr. (l.) and BAAFT advocates to call on the MTA Board of Directors to eliminate alcohol advertisements from all MTA property. A grassroots coalition praised the MTA Board of Directors for its vote to eliminate alcohol advertising from the vehicles and property of the MTA system.

Over 650,000 young people use New York City Transit to go to and from school. The Board’s action will ensure that those children and youth will not be further exposed to alcohol advertising – a recognized risk factor for underage drinking.

The vote was the culmination of a four-year campaign led by a coalition consisting of youth-serving organizations, faith leaders, public health practitioners, LGBTQ organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens. The coalition, dubbed “Building Alcohol Ad-Free Transit (BAAFT),” garnered endorsements from over 160 organizations across the five boroughs of NYC.

On October 25 BAAFT partners praised MTA board members – including Veronica Vanterpool, Charles Moerdler, Neal Zuckerman and others – who spoke out passionately in favor of an alcohol-free transit system.

The coalition also recognized NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm who introduced a Council Resolution calling for the alcohol ad ban along with the 26 Council members who co-sponsored the resolution.

Prior to the vote, Council Members Dromm, Robert Cornegy, Jr. and Cedric McClester, Project Coordinator of Forward South Bronx Coalition, gave compelling testimony at the public comments section of the October 25 Board Meeting in favor of the alcohol ad ban.

“I applaud the MTA Board of Directors for doing right by NYC children,” said Council Member Dromm (D-Jackson Heights, Elmhurst). ”I am pleased that the Authority agrees that beer and liquor advertisements have no place in our transit system. Underage drinking is a serious problem in our city, and I am glad that the MTA is doing its part to push back against it.”

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