NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Council wants to slam the door
on stores that blast their air conditioning to lure foot traffic
from sizzling sidewalks.
A bill is expected to pass Thursday that would prohibit stores
from keeping doors open while running their air conditioners.
A first violation gets a warning, the second a $200 fine and the
third double that amount. Shops that are smaller than 40,000 square
feet are excluded.
The bill needs to be signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who
The council and Bloomberg believe it will help conserve energy
in summer months when power demands are at their highest.
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