Building on the City Council's push to boost nightlife safety, the chairman of the Public Safety Committee is proposing legislation that would require more bouncers at many large clubs and would give the city more power to crack down on sellers of fake IDs.
Council Member Peter Vallone Jr. yesterday introduced a bill that would require clubs to hire at least one bouncer for every 75 patrons. Citing the ease with which underage residents can obtain phony identification cards, he said he would soon draft a measure that would allow officials to shut down shops that sell fake IDs under the city's "nuisance abatement" law.
The proposals come after the City Council enacted stiffer restrictions on clubs and bars following the deaths earlier this year of young women who had been out drinking. They stem from a summit convened last month by the council speaker, Christine Quinn, where lawmakers, bar and club owners, and law enforcement officials discussed what Ms. Quinn has labeled a "crisis" in nightlife security.