It’s a New Year and There's a New Target for Mayor Bloomberg: Booze

Update: Mayor Bloomberg has decided NOT to go through with his original plan to cut down on the number of establishments that serve alcohol due to an outcry of criticism.

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already taken matters into his own hands by targeting salt, sugar, smoking, and trans-fats because “he knows what’s best” for New Yorkers.

Now, the next target in Bloomberg’s cross hairs – alcohol.

Bloomberg is on a mission “to crack down on alcohol sales to curb excessive drinking” in New York City.

The New York Post acquired this information from a planning document. The newspaper reports that:

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

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

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

Banning liquor ads throughout the Big Apple’s transit system is also being considered.

This blog has been following Bloomberg’s big government directives.

My 2007 commentary highlights Bloomberg’s track record on looting liberty.