SLA Honcho Steps Down

According to the Post, the CEO of the State Liquor Authority, Joshua Toas, will resign on May 22 for undisclosed reasons. The former Pataki aids salary was $125,000 when he took the gig in 2005 amid criticisms that the SLA was in bed with the booze industry, and has since helped increase the number of revoked liquor licenses to 239 in 2007 from 88 in 2003. It remains to be seen whether Governor Paterson will appoint a successor who is equally sympathetic to community boards, but we imagine frustrated bar owners are hoping the party animal in Paterson comes through.

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