Council Speaker Christine Quinn Wants to Reduce Restaurant Health-Grade Fines

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Wow. If you've wondered why restaurant health grades have become such a big deal, digest this figure: The city is set to pull in $48 million this fiscal year in fines paid by restaurants for violations in the 1,200-point health-grade system, writes the Daily News. But at least one person on the City Council finds this a bit much: Speaker Christine Quinn, who's trying to push through a bill that would reduce fines on non-food related infractions like broken tiles or cutting boards with too many grooves. The bill is expected to clear City Council but will then need the approval of health crusader Mayor Bloomberg. Maybe if they chance the system to impose huge fines for oversize sodas he'll agree? [NYDN]