State Liquor Authority: ‘How We Doin’?’


The State Liquor Authority is patting itself on the back for doing a little better these days (and maybe it is — Caracas Arepa Bar in Williamsburg has finally secured a license and is selling rum cocktails from Orson Salicetti of Apothéke), but that doesn’t mean they can’t do better. From now till the end of the year, the Authority is taking suggestions and giving licensees a chance to vent about its vexing policies. Want to give the SLA a piece of your mind about its stance on beer pong? Ask them why, oh, why they took your beloved Le Souk away? Here’s how to get through to them.

Pursuant to Executive Order 25, the State Liquor Authority invites comments from regulated entities and interested parties to identify existing regulations (Title 9, Subtitle B of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations) that impose unnecessary, duplicative or unduly burdensome costs, paperwork or other requirements.
Comments are sought that describe and quantify the burden and suggest appropriate remedies that the agency may undertake to eliminate or amend regulations that are unnecessary, unbalanced, unwise, duplicative or unduly burdensome.
Public comment must be received on or before December 31, 2009 and may be submitted in writing to: Paul Karamanol, Esq., New York State Liquor Authority, Office of Counsel, 80 South Swan Street, Suite 900, Albany, NY 12210 or electronically at and copied to the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform at