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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Renewing Your Liquor License Is About to Get More Difficult

The process for renewing a liquor license is about to change. New York State Senator Klein and Assemblyman Crespo recently sponsored a bill that passed both houses in the state legislature and is merely awaiting the signature of Governor Cuomo to take effect. The new law will allow the State Liquor Authority to have increased access to New York Police Department records regarding crimes and complaints associated with licensed premises, thus creating a more difficult renewal process for bar and restaurant owners.  

According to the Press Release by Senator Klein’s office, the proposed legislation will allow community boards to recommend that the NYPD provide the SLA with “useable information.” It is unclear what exactly falls into the category of “useable information” and to what extent 311 complaints will be included. Any bar or restaurant owner who has had to deal with crazy neighbors knows that 311 complaints are not always the most reliable source of concerns, and could pose a bigger problem than necessary if taken at face value.

Typically, the SLA is notified of more serious incidents, but this new bill will create a more formal process for notification to the SLA and will bring increased awareness of all issues occurring at an establishment – ranging from assaults to public urination or noise complaints. As you can imagine, these changes will make the renewal process for applicants much more burdensome.

It is more important now than ever to maintain a positive relationship with your local community board and to address concerns whenever they arise. If you have any questions about your renewal application, or need assistance going before the community board, contact DiPasquale Law Group for a free consultation.


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