June 30, Staff Report
Council Member Daniel Dromm is looking to have alcohol advertisements removed from the New York City public transit system.
More than 50 community advocates, faith leaders, public health practitioners and young people joined Dromm at City Hall Wednesday, calling for the removal of these ads.
Dromm has sponsored a City Council resolution calling on the MTA to remove alcohol advertising from the public transit system. Dromm spoke about underage drinking and the health issues it can cause, such as irreversible brain damage.
“Too often, these ads are placed side by side with ads for video games and animated movies,” he said. “This practice is wrongheaded and may encourage underage drinking, putting our children’s health and safety in jeopardy.”
“A subway car or station is no place for alcohol advertisements,” he added.
Dromm’s resolution has 12 co-sponsors including Astoria Council Member Costa Constantinides.
Wednesday’s City Hall event – organized by the Building Alcohol Ad-Free Transit (BAAFT) campaign – kicked off a series of activities that BAAFT and its partner organizations across the five boroughs will be holding throughout the summer to draw attention to the issue of alcohol ads on City transit.
If passed, Dromm’s Resolution would be non-binding; an MTA alcohol ad prohibition would have to happen on the State level.