And there’s a lottery to get on the wait list, and there are over 2,000 people on it—and people can wait over a decade to actually get a permit.
New York City should be the heart in the land of opportunity, but instead, these caps limit opportunity for thousands every year.
It was hard, but becoming a small business owner let me pick my hours; so the minute that bell rang and my kids were out of school, I could be around them.
And they can expect real Mexican tamales for a long time, because I’m teaching my kids the tricks of the trade so one day they can inherit the business and experience the joy that comes with working hard and making great food for a great city.
Being a mobile food vendor gives me the best of both worlds: I can provide for my family while being around them.
In October, legislation that would increase the number of available permits was introduced to the New York City Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs.
If the Committee votes to lift the caps, thousands of local New York City vendors will finally be able to own and operate their businesses.
But a cap enacted in the 1980s limits the number of available food permits so vendors like me who want to earn an honest living simply can’t.