"I can't even let my child walk home alone at night and I've lived there for 30 years,” testified one Lower East Side resident.
The "I was here first" sentiment was echoed repeatedly by people living near a bar or nightclub who are at their wit's end. People at the town hall meeting vented and hoped for a resolution.
They had the attention of the State Liquor Authority chairman and Lower Manhattan elected officials.
..."Historically the State Liquor Authority has been so bad. It's been so bad that the community feels ignored and the industry feels there is incompetence in the body that oversees them,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron.
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