2015-10-07 / Features

SLA Chair Bradley Meets With Katz At Boro Cabinet


Among his first forays as new Chairman of the State Liquor Authority, Vincent Bradley visited Borough President Melinda Katz and district managers of the borough’s 14 community boards at the September 22 meeting of the Queens Borough Cabinet.

“We’ve had a lot of success trying to forge a relationship with community boards,” said Bradley, appointed Chairman by Governor Andrew Cuomo in April and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on June 24.

Bradley succeeds Dennis Rosen and intends to pick up where he left off.

“Chairman Rosen was highly successful – he doubled enforcement (and was) instrumental in improving relations with community boards,” he said, adding, “I intend to continue that as well.”

There are more than 60,000 active alcoholic beverage licenses and permits in New York State and the SLA is responsible for issuance to eligible applicants allowing manufacture, sale (at wholesale or retail), storage and/or transportation of alcoholic beverages in the state.

The SLA was created under the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law of 1934 enacted by the state after the 21st Amendment to the Constitution repealed federal prohibition of the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages in the US.

Yvonne Reddick, District Manager for Community Board 12, asked Bradley about the sale of liquor near churches.

Bradley said licenses within 200 feet of a school, church, synagogue or other place of worship are barred, while another rule permits only three establishments with on-premises liquor licenses operating within a 500 foot radius of each other.

Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano asked about the impact of very large venues with liquor licenses on a community.

“If it’s going to disrupt a residential area, that’s my concern,” said Bradley. “But I have to deal on a case by case basis. There’s no hard and fast rule.”

Florence Koulouris, District Manager for Community Board 1 inquired about establishments without cabaret licenses and also about sidewalk cafes.

“That’s a violation (for which I have) no tolerance,” said Bradley about dance clubs serving without a cabaret license. “Sidewalk serving (without a license) is both a city (Dept. of Consumer Affairs) and a SLA violation.”

Other topics raised were street festival permits and a role for community boards in permits for neighborhood liquor stores.

“I’m not real tolerant of people having the same problems (with establishments),” Bradley said. “Particularly if it’s noise or underage drinking.”

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