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SLA Suspends Fast Tracking as Huge License Backlog Dwindles

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Glenn Collins reports that the State Liquor Authority will suspend its self certification process—a highly popular system enacted back in October to deal with a large and crippling backlog of New York liquor licenses—on July 1. Why get rid of a system so popular with bars and restaurants? According to SLA head Dennis Rosen, the system worked so well it practically removed the backlog. Allowing establishments with lawyers to vouch for themselves in the 27 page application led the build up to go from 2,116 to 817. Now they are going back to the old system, mostly because the fast tracking advantaged establishments with lawyers. They'll bring the system back if (when) the backlog returns.
· Liquor License Procedures Return to Normal as Backlogs Decline [Diner's Journal]
· All Coverage of the SLA [~ENY~]

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