Garodnick bill would close stores selling K2

A packet of synthetic marijuana or K2, labeled “spice”

A packet of synthetic marijuana or K2, labeled “spice”

By Sabina Mollot

K2, or synthentic marijuana, a new drug associated with the growing homeless population that they city has recently declared war on, is now facing combat legislatively.

On Monday morning, the City Council held a hearing to discuss new bills to fight the epidemic, including one, by Council Member Dan Garodnick, that would shut down bodegas that have been selling the product cheaply and openly.

“Until they clean up their act,” he said. This would be by recognizing synthetic drug violations as a nuisance that could be declared under the Nuisance Abatement Law.

The problem currently, explained Garodnick, that despite the store owners’ brazen behavior, those hawking the product have been able to stay one step ahead of the law by routinely altering the chemical mix of ingredients.

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ST Associated owner worried about renewal

The Associated’s owners recently closed a Third Avenue Met Foods supermarket. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

The Associated’s owners recently closed a Third Avenue Met Foods supermarket. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

The owners of Stuyvesant Town’s Associated Supermarket are worried that theirs could be the next local supermarket to disappear.

While the end of the store’s 15-year lease is still two years away, one of the owners said they have been trying to confirm that there would be an opportunity to renew at that time for over a year.

According to Joseph Falzon, the principal owner of the Associated, he’d been asking because he wants to renovate the store.

But, he explained to Town & Village, he wanted to make sure the store had a future before making the investment, which he feels is necessary given competition from places like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods in Union Square.

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