ALBANY, N.Y. – The state’s highest court has agreed to hear New York City’s appeal of a ruling that blocked Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to stop many eateries from selling super-sized, sugary drinks.
The Court of Appeals on Thursday granted a request by city officials to challenge a mid-level court decision that struck down the measure in August.
Arguments and a decision by the top court are expected next year.
The lower court said the city Board of Health exceeded its authority by putting a 16-ounce size limit on high-calorie soft drinks. The cap would have applied to restaurants, stadiums and many other places.
Bloomberg says obesity is a worsening public health issue, and sugary drinks are a major driver.
The American Beverage Association says it’s confident the lower court decisions will be upheld.