New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference this afternoon to defend his soda ban after a New York State Supreme Court justice invalidated it as “arbitrary and capricious.” (The press conference begins around the 23-minute mark on the YouTube video.)

Lives are at stake, after all.

Bloomberg compared the soda ban to a previous ban on lead-containing paint.

Until the appeals process is complete, can restaurants and stores still sell 17 oz. drinks?

The brief press conference is over, but we have a follow-up question for the citizens of New York.