From the Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg is creating a hot dog squadron to chase down filthy sidewalk food vendors who skip out on paying their health code fines.
The vast majority of street vendors never pay up when they’re fined for bugs in their food, blocking the sidewalk or allowing other unsafe conditions.
And the worst scofflaws change their business names, illegally lease out their carts, or use other schemes to avoid paying their bills.
So Bloomberg’s latest budget proposal calls for a seven-person team of lawyers to track down street-meat scofflaws and make them pay.
The team will cost $580,000 a year, but Health Department officials expect them to collect at least that much in fines and pay for themselves.