Matt was clearly damaged by Sonny’s actions.
The issue of the large fine imposed on Matt was not before me.
Small Claims can issue money judgments only, and cannot interfere with the laws and regulations of other municipal agencies or courts.
Excessive fines for minor violations became a hot political issue in NYC’s recent primary race for Mayor. It was announced by City Council Speaker Quinn, one of the mayoral candidates, that she had reached an agreement with the City’s Health Department to lower fines for minor violations by restaurants.
Many low level violations had cost restaurant owners about $348 on average.
I expressed to Matt my personal hope that our new mayor will support the deal and advocate lowering the fines in this kind of matter.
I then granted judgment to Matt for $5,000, the maximum.
Do you agree?