NYC Council Bans Gender Signs From Restrooms

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -

The City Council approved a bill on Tuesday that would require all single-occupant restrooms to remove signs indicating they are for “men” and “women.”

The Council voted 47 to 2 on Tuesday in favor of the legislation, which Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign. The two negative votes came from Steven Matteo and Joseph Borelli, both Republicans from Staten Island.

Councilmen David Greenfield and Chaim Deutsch, who represent Boro Park and Midwood, both voted for the bill. Emails sent to them by Hamodia were not returned as of Wednesday evening.

The law, which would go into effect Jan. 1, 2017, would apply to all businesses — with no religious exemption. Violations likely carry a $500 penalty.