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Bloomberg’s Next Target: Booze?

on 11/01/12 at 11:24 am

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First, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg went after smoking in public places, then trans fats, salt and sugary drinks, now, he reportedly wants to crack down on alcohol sales, according to a planning document obtained by theĀ  New York Post.

The city Health Department’s far-reaching Partnership for a Healthier New York City initiative proposes to slash the number of establishments in the city that sell booze.

Community “transformation” grants provided under President Barack Obama’s health care law would help bankroll the effort.

One of the goals listed in the document to community groups is “reducing alcohol retail outlet (e.g. bar, corner store) density and illegal alcohol,” it states.

Health officials and advocates also discussed banning liquor advertising in the transit system.

The department declined Tuesday to discuss specifics on how it would implement the controversial proposals.

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