Despite previous reports of its demise, is the soda tax really dead? Maybe! Dr. Nirav Shah, confirmed today as the new State Health Commissioner, told reporters that in accordance with Governor Cuomo's pledge to add no-new-taxes there are no plans for a soda and sugary drinks tax... "at this time." So if history is any indication the dread tax will return, phoenix-like, the next time a politician is looking for an easy headline. And no, this doesn't mean the NYC Health Department is going to stop making ads like this.