ALBANY- Senator Brad Hoylman (D/WF-Manhattan) released the following statement in response to the passage of his S55/A4315, which would require the State Liquor License Authority (SLA) to create and maintain a public database of information specific to on premise- liquor licenses:
Senator Hoylman said: “You shouldn’t have to file a FOIL request just to find out whether a bar in your neighborhood has a liquor license that permits live music or an outside patio. Police precincts aren’t able to respond to neighborhood noise complaints under these constraints, as there’s no way to confirm whether an establishment is operating within the parameters of their license or not. That’s absurd.
Making liquor license information available to the public is an easy fix to make our neighborhoods work better for all New Yorkers. I’m thankful for my Democratic colleagues and co-sponsor Assemblymember Glick for making government transparency a priority this session.”