Dept. of Health Closes Ballston Spa Boy's Lemonade Stand

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UPDATE: WGY's Chuck & Kelly will speak with the boy's father Tuesday morning at 7:45.

The Times Union reports that it was indeed a New York Department of Health employee that shut down the lemonade stand of 7-year-old Brendan Mulvaney.

Mulvaney was selling lemonade Friday across from the entrance to the county fair in Ballston Spa. His family says a woman wearing a Department of Health shirt told the boy he couldn't keep the stand open without a permit.

DOH Spokesman Gary Holmes confirmed Monday that one of its inspectors closed the stand down after four fair vendors complained. Holmes did not release the names of the vendors or the employees.

Senator Jim Tedisco met the boy over the weekend and said in a statement, "There’s nothing that says America more than apple pie and kids running lemonade stands. What has our state government come to? When I was a kid, state bureaucrats didn’t go around shutting down lemonade stands and threatening children and families with fines. These kids are trying to give people sweet lemonade and learn some important business skills but the overzealous state bureaucrats in the administration just keep giving taxpayers lemons."

Photo: Office of Senator Tedisco

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