Brooklyn NY – Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried sent a letter this past week calling on Governor Pataki to appoint a New York City resident as a commissioner to the State Liquor Authority (SLA). Currently, none of the commissioners are from New York City despite the fact that nearly 40% of the on-premises licenses are issued to establishments in the City.
In the letter the Assemblymembers stated: “When it comes to nightlife, New York City is unlike any other part of the State. The City’s population density, and its status as the nation’s entertainment capital, makes residents and late-night establishments unusually close neighbors. New York City’s system of community boards adds an important element to the license approval process that requires an understanding of the purpose of the process. City residents deserve to know that someone familiar with our neighborhoods and our way of life is making decisions about approving license applications and enforcing the State’s liquor laws.”
A copy of the letter was also sent to Mayor Bloomberg asking him to join the Assemblymembers’ request.