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IDENTITY CARDS

Governor Cuomo announced a new state effort to educate bar owners, security, and staff of licensed establishments about new security features included on driver licenses, permits, and ID cards issued by the state. A new electronic brochure will be distributed to thousands of bar owners across the state that provides a description of the advanced… Read More »

WHAT LICENSEE’S NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FOOD CONCESSIONS, FINGERPRINTS AND PREGNANCY SIGNS

FOOD CONCESSION ARRANGEMENTS All on-premises retail licensees are required to have food available for purchase and consumption by patrons. Where the licensee will not be preparing the food but will enter into an agreement with another to do so, the licensee or applicant shall notify the Authority that the licensee will be contracting with a… Read More »

SURRENDER AND SAFEKEEPING OF LICENSES

If a licensed business is closed for less than two weeks, no action is required in order for the premises to remain in good standing (bona fide). If a licensed business temporarily closes or otherwise ceases licensed activities for more than two weeks, the license certificate must be placed in SAFEKEEPING. If the licensed business… Read More »

KNOW YOUR LICENSE CLASS

When applying for a New York State Liquor License, it is very important to know the class of license you will be applying for.  It may sound simple, but it can be confusing.  Each license class has specific criteria for that license.  It becomes apparent when you compare these two licenses. A Restaurant Wine License… Read More »

ALE HOUSE IN SYRACUSE DENIED A LIQUOR LICENSE

An Applicant was denied an alcohol license by the NYS Liquor Authority  because the 1 year notice to the city of its intent to open had expired.  In addition, the Applicant did not apply for the proper license.  The Applicant should have applied for a Tavern Wine license and not a Restaurant Wine license because… Read More »

RULES FOR “NEW YEAR’S EVE” PERMITS 2014

The Liquor Authority has issued NEW rules for 2014 concerning how “all night” or “New Year’s Eve” permits will be issued this year.  These Permits allow On-Premises Licensees to continue serving alcoholic beverages after 4 am. The application must be filed before November 16, 2014 to be eligible. The Licensee must send notice of his/her… Read More »

FORGED LIQUOR LICENSE

Recently, a joint New York City Police Department and State Liquor Authority investigation culminated in the arrest of an individual for forging a New York State Liquor License that was being used by a Queens restaurant. The forged license was discovered during a State Liquor Authority investigation.  SLA investigators discovered an altered copy of a… Read More »

$500,000 FINE FOR NEW YORK WINE PRODUCERS

Recently, the New York State Liquor Authority levied a $500,000 fine against some well known New York restaurateurs and wine producers. As if the whopping fine was not enough, the SLA suspended their retail wine store license for 6 months and forced one of the principal owners to relinquish ownership in the store. What could… Read More »

UNDERAGE ALCOHOL SALES IN NEW YORK CITY

On April 17, 2014, the New York State Liquor Authority began using a new part-time unit to investigate alcohol sales to minors in New York City. The SLA received a $147,000 grant from the New York City Department of  Health and Mental Hygiene through the Centers for Disease Control to form a unit exclusively to… Read More »

NEW YORK CITY STRIP CLUBS AND LIQUOR LICENSES

In recent years, Community Boards have not only been successful in preventing new strip clubs from opening in their neighborhoods, they have been working toward having the liquor licenses of existing clubs revoked. Their strategy is to use crime, noise and quality-of-life issues to appeal to the New York State Liquor Authority to have existing… Read More »

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