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Mayor Exploring Options After Large Sugary Drink Ban Struck Down by Court

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Mayor Bill de Blasio says he would love to push a ban on large sugary drinks through the City Council, but he does not sound convinced that can happen.

The mayor was responding in person for the first time to a decision by the state's highest court to strike down the city's plan to prohibit the sale of large sodas.

"I'd love to get legislation through the City Council. We're going to talk to them about it. I think it is quite clear that they are not embracing the notion in the first instance," de Blasio said. "So if we can find a way forward together, that is still the ideal. If not, we're going to look at other measures that might be helpful."

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito opposes the city's proposed soda regulations, but she says she would hold a hearing on the issue if legislation came before the council.

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