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CB3 Changing Rules Regarding Liquor License Transfers

Last week, we learned that the Community Board 3 was in the process of reviewing the policies and practices of the SLA Licensing Committee, the group that gives advisory recommendations to the State Liquor Authority for all of the bars on the LES and in the East Village. The committee put together a series of initiatives, most of which were approved. But one change that was ultimately vetoed was a plan to end the automatic transfer of liquor licenses when restaurant and bar owners sell their businesses.

At this week's meeting, the committee revised their plan. Now, The Lo-Down reports that the group will begin to phase out the automatic transfers. The strongest opponent of this rule in last week's meeting was bar owner David McWater, who was not present on Tuesday. His argument was that it was unfair to owners who plan on selling their businesses, which might be worth less under the new policy. He noted: "So now you’re saying to us, in order to fix the over-saturation problem, we’re going to take away from your retirement fund."

A new task force is being created to implement the new rules, while the board continues to review the SLA Licensing Committee policies.
· CB3 Approves New Liquor Licensing Rules [The Lo-Down]
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