New York City Mayor Sues Federal Judge Over ‘Breathtaking’ Ruling

New York City Mayor Sues Federal Judge Over ‘Breathtaking’ Ruling

A New York mayor is suing a federal judge over a ruling that the city cannot impose a new tax on air conditioning.

New York City Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking a preliminary injunction that would bar the federal government from enforcing the city’s Clean Air Act.

A district court judge ruled that the Clean Air act applies to air conditioners that don’t meet federal standards for pollutants and that the mayor has no authority to impose a tax.

Mark-Viversito and several other city leaders have asked U.S. District Judge Joseph Garaufis to dismiss the lawsuit and issue a temporary restraining order.

The city and the Clean Energy Task Force argued that the tax is unfair and unconstitutional, saying the city is already taxing and regulating the air.

Garaufits decision is expected on Thursday.

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