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A bikini bar’s enemy bill

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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:30 am

A bill that would require establishments to note any type of adult entertainment on their State Liquor Authority application passed in the Assembly on March 13.

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) penned the Community Full Disclosure Act after a bikini bar, Queen of Hearts, opened its doors in Astoria without Community Board 1’s knowledge.

The bill, if enacted into law, would require businesses such as Queen of Hearts to note their scantily clad waitresses and lap dances on the paperwork community boards review. Currently, the only detail an owner must provide about adult entertainment is whether employees will be appearing topless or not.

“It should be absolutely clear from an application what kind of business an applicant intends to conduct in our community,” Simotas said.

State Sen. George Maziarz (R-Lockport) is sponsoring the bill in the Senate. Simotas spokesman Jim McFadden said the bill has not been introduced there, but most likely will be after budget talks conclude.

— Josey Bartlett

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