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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 »

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 »

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 »

STREAMLINING THE LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICATION PROCESS

In an effort to improve the efficiency of Liquor Licensing, the Authority is making significant changes to their procedures and applications.  The changes will streamline the application process and several changes have been made to the instructions, application, and application review procedures. Several sections of the application have been significantly modified.  The application is more… Read More »

PREVENT THE SALE OF ALCOHOL TO MINORS

PREVENT THE SALE OF ALCOHOL TO MINORS USING VOLUNTEER UNDERAGE DECOYS TO PURCHASE ALCOHOL FROM STORES IN THE FIVE BOROUGHS. The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) recently revealed that it had an on-going undercover investigation from February 21 through March 3, 2013, where volunteer underage decoys purchased alcohol from licensed grocery and liquor stores…. Read More »

NEW YORK STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY EMERGENCY SUSPENSIONS

The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) regulates and controls the manufacture, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages within the state. The SLA works hand in hand local law enforcement across the State to ensure compliance with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law. In addition, the Authority issues and renews licenses and permits to manufacturers, distributors,… Read More »

NEW YORK STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY INVESTIGATIVE METHODS

The New York State Liquor Authority (“SLA”) utilizes underage agents to investigate allegations of sales of alcoholic beverages to minors. The agents are recruited from school programs where they are pursuing careers in law enforcement and criminal justice. Under the supervision of a law enforcement agency, the agent will enter a licensed premises and attempt… Read More »

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