Pol calls for more disclosure on liquor license apps
by Andrew Pavia
Jan 22, 2013 | 633 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The process of obtaining a liquor license may become more transparent.

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas of Astoria will introduce legislation known as the Community Full Disclosure Act, which will require establishments to disclose on liquor license applications if they will provide adult entertainment.

Simotas held a rally last week outside of Queen of Hearts at 26-12 Hoyt Avenue South, which has a liquor license application pending with the state.

Queen of Hearts offers pole and lap dances from women in bikinis or underwear, which the community board was unaware of when the application was presented to the board.

Currently, the liquor license application only requires establishments disclose whether or not they will feature “topless” dancing.

“The bill would mandate more disclosure on the forms and ask more information from business owners, whether they’re topless or otherwise,” said Simotas.

A similar establishment recently opened in Simotas' district.

“We should have the opportunity to inform the State Liquor Authority that businesses like Queen of Hearts and Racks are not suitable for our family-oriented neighborhood,” Simotas said. “This is not what our community wants. It is not what we want to teach our children about the treatment of women and girls.”

“There should be more specific information on the application,” agreed Lucille Hartman, district manager of Community board 1.

She also said that the State Liquor Authority needs to give community boards more power when it comes to approving liquor license applications.

Rafael Salmanca came all the way from the Bronx to support the legislation. Salmanca, who is district manager of Community Board 2, said there have been three strip clubs and one bikini bar recently opened in his part of the Bronx.

He said that crime and fighting have been constant issues in the area since they opened.

“The police have to pull their resource and park their cars in front of these establishments,” he said.

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