On Dec. 21, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Hillcrest) announced legislation to reform the application process for extended alcohol service on New Year’s Eve.
The bill, A2593, would revise how businesses could get an application for “New Year’s Eve” permits that allow businesses to keep serving alcohol after 4 a.m. Currently, the State Liquor Authority requires businesses to notify the local police precinct of such a permit. Rozic’s bill would include Community Boards in the decision-making process by requiring businesses to notify them.
“New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and can be one of the most profitable nights of the year for night clubs, bars and restaurants,” Rozic said. “With businesses set to benefit from extended hours, we need to ensure that there is no undue burden on a community’s quality of life.”
Every year during the holidays, businesses submit their applications for “all night” permits to the SLA and notify the local police precinct. Approval of the application allows the business to remain open on any weekday between the hours of 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.
“Requiring notification to the local Community Board allows residents to express concerns commonly felt in residential areas affected by the approval of ‘all night’ permits,” Rozic said.
As it stands, Community Boards are notified when a local business first applies for a liquor license.
“Currently, Community Boards do not have an opportunity to make any recommendations for all night permits, as we are not notified. This law would change that,” Marie Adam-Ovide, Community Board 8 District Manager, said. “I welcome it and commend Assembly Member Nily Rozic for taking on this important issue for our community.”