Don't worry Lady Gaga's family, the City Council feels your pain. As WNYC notes, in the next few weeks the Council is mulling legislation that would give Department of Health inspectors a bit more leeway to just give warnings for non-threatening violations. The new rules would go along with Speaker Christine Quinn's previous promises to cut back on the Department's hefty fines.

In other words, things like "dimly lit storage closets," dented cans and improper signage won't necessarily cost a restaurateur between $200 and $2,000 a pop. The legislation the Council is considering wouldn't stop with the Department of Health, either. Instead it would also require the DOH and other city agencies to "identify any codes or regulations that should be eliminated or have become obsolete."

As for the promise of reduced fines, restaurateurs are skeptical. The Health Department says that its efforts have already been so successful that it expects revenues from fines to drop this year, so why cut the fines y'know? Last year the fines took in $48 million for the city, up 50 percent from 2009. "I don't think fines are going to go down. I don't," Paul Seres, co-owner of Lower East Side restaurants DL and Dinner told WNYC. "How are you going to take away millions of dollars in fines in a city that's broke? I mean, financially and fiscally, it doesn't make sense."