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Simotas’s Community Full Disclosure Act Passes Senate Bill mandates greater transparency for adult venues
ALBANY, N.Y. – In a victory for community access to information and greater transparency, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas’ legislation, the Community Full Disclosure Act (CFDA), has passed the New York State Senate. Simotas’s bill will improve the quality of information accessible to local community boards and municipalities in determining what types of establishments are appropriate for their communities. “Communities around the state will now have better information to make the right decisions for their neighborhoods,” Simotas said. In recent months, a handful of businesses have attempted to open in Western Queens promising adult entertainment. Simotas emphasized, “It should be absolutely clear from an application what kind of business an applicant intends to conduct in our community.” An omission in the liquor license application and renewal form prevented the local Community Board from discovering the businesses’ intention to offer pole- and lapdances from women in their underwear or bikinis. Currently, the only detail an owner can provide about adult entertainment is whether employees will be appearing topless. Simotas’s legislation rectifies these oversights and closes the loophole that allows adult businesses to operate without well-informed input from the Community Board or community residents. “Nothing is more important than protecting our children and neighborhoods from businesses that promote adult-oriented entertainment, which negatively impacts their quality of life,” said Senator George Maziarz, sponsor of the legislation. “This bill requires transparency and provides notice to the residents when this type of business attempts to open in their community. I was surprised to learn of the existence of this loophole for adult businesses and I am glad that the legislature acted to close it.”

Senator Michael Gianaris lauded the bill’s passage, saying “Assemblywoman Simotas' Community Full Disclosure Act is a win for families across New York. This bill will provide neighborhoods with access to information they need to preserve their quality of life. I thank Assemblywoman Simotas for her steadfast efforts in championing this legislation and look forward to continuing our work together to keep Western Queens a place all families can enjoy.” “Residents need to be aware of exactly what types of businesses will be operating near their homes, schools, and senior centers and should be given a fair opportunity to scrutinize whether or not such establishments belong in their neighborhood,” Simotas said. “This legislation, at its core, is wholly aimed at expanding the voice of citizens. “ ###

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