Health Department and SLA Get Tougher on Naughty Restaurants

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Two stories highlight the changing face of enforcement in the city. First, the Times looks at the Health Departments renewed push to enforce the smoking ban, revealing that the agency has employed younger and hipper-looking inspectors to sneak into clubs like M2, which may have its food and beverage license stripped as early as this week. Second, Crains looks at the SLAs new commissioner, Dennis Rosen, and finds that although hes ratcheting up local enforcement as previously noted (since he was hired in late September, the SLA has revoked or temporarily suspended nine downstate licenses, much more than it had in the previous eighteen months), he also may end the trend toward earlier closing times, since a question asking about closing hours has been eliminated from liquor license applications.

The Gunslinger [Crain's]
City Tries to Shut Club It Says Flouts Smoking Ban [NY Times]