Photo Courtesy of Sen. Peralta’s Office
“Most bars, restaurants and clubs are law-abiding good neighbors, but there are a few bad apples that can disrupt and destroy a community’s quality of life,” Peralta said.
By Michael V. Cusenza
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) recently called on the Assembly to follow the Upper Chamber and pass the bill he introduced in January to establish a state liquor community liaison on each of the City’s community boards.
According to State Senate records, S.344 “creates a state liquor authority community liaison to act between the state liquor authority and community boards of the city of New York; requires the community boards to be given at least 60 days notice before any wine, beer, or liquor license is issued, renewed, or altered within the boundaries of such community board.”
“This is about making sure that the community informs the State Liquor Authority about rowdy and bad neighbors when the establishment’s liquor license is up for renewal. Under the proposal, the SLA should consider specific concerns and defend the interests of the community. Most bars, restaurants and clubs are law-abiding good neighbors, but there are a few bad apples that can disrupt and destroy a community’s quality of life,” Peralta said. “My proposal calls for a liaison between the SLA and community boards to prevent noisy and disruptive establishments from affecting the quality of life of the communities they are located in.”
According to legislative information provided by the Senate, the purpose or general idea of the bill is to “make it easier for the New York State Liquor Authority to take into account the suggestions of the community boards in regards to issuing liquor licenses.”
The bill indicates that the community board liaison will be responsible to attend community board meetings, submit reports to the SLA relative to the concerns of the community board, and present to the SLA any recommendations conveyed by the community board. The community liaison will also inform the community board of every SLA scheduled meeting, as well as provide its members with the agenda for the meeting with at least 15-day notice.
“Many communities have dealt with problematic, uncooperative establishments that disrupt the quality of life of surrounding neighborhoods,” said Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), the measure’s sponsor in the Assembly. “The creation of an SLA liaison position for each community board gives local residents a voice in the licensing process, and a greater platform for them to share their concerns about potential bad neighbors.”