Bringing the SLA to the Community

Daniel L. Squadron

October 16, 2009

On October 13, I hosted a discussion on nightlife concerns, bringing together State Liquor Authority (SLA) Chairman Dennis Rosen, SLA CEO Trina Mead, SLA Deputy Commissioner of Licensing Kerri O’Brien, SLA Deputy CEO for New York City Michael Jones, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Margaret Chin, representatives from the offices of Assembly Members Silver, Kavanagh, and Glick, and leaders from district community boards. The discussion, which I proposed this summer during the State Senate's confirmation process, provided a forum for community leaders to speak directly with SLA leadership about community concerns regarding nightlife, including overcrowding of bars, high noise levels, and other quality of life issues.