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Citing safety, Heastie quashes alcohol-in-movie-theaters bill

ALBANY — The State Legislature’s top Democrat said Monday he won’t support a bill to allow alcohol sales in movie theaters, signaling that the proposal is dead for the current legislative session.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) said the Democrat-dominated chamber won’t approve the proposal, citing safety concerns.

“We want people to be able to take their children to a movie theater without worrying about the sobriety of the people sitting next to them,” Heastie told reporters on the first day of the final week of the 2017 regular legislative session.

Two New York City legislators, Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) and Joseph Lentol (D-Brooklyn), have been behind the push to allow alcohol sales at theaters running PG-13, R or NC-17 rated films.

They recently amended their bill to require that municipalities outside New York City affirmatively back issuance of a license to sell alcohol — an attempt to provide some local control over the issue.

The Republican-led state Senate has advanced the bill through a key committee, but it wasn’t clear whether the proposal will get a vote in the full Senate.

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