Coney Island pol intros bill to combat food waste while supporting small businesses


One southern Brooklyn pol is hoping to combat food insecurity across the five boroughs, while also taking a load off the city’s small businesses.

Legislation introduced this month by Coney Island Councilmember Mark Treyger would create an incentive program for eateries to donate their excess food to nonprofits and, in turn, catch a break from certain city agencies.

Treyger’s bill would require the city’s Department of Sanitation and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection to establish violations that would be eligible for the relief program.

“I think this is a common-sense piece of legislation that is a win-win on many levels,” Treyger told Brooklyn Paper. “It helps address the very real issue of food insecurity in our city, it helps address the burden that many of our small businesses are facing particularly during the pandemic, and it also helps address food waste which is a very real issue.”