2006-03-10 / Community

Senator Hopeful New SLA Chair Will Address Concerns

State Senator Ada L. Smith has recently said she is hopeful the newly confirmed Chairman of the State Liquor Authority (SLA) Daniel B. Boyle will "be sensitive to the needs of New York City's neighborhoods, especially those that have become saturated with bars and nightspots."

Senator Smith said the SLA "has a history of ignoring public input when they consider liquor license applications. I believe Mr. Boyle intends to address that problem."

She continued, "More than 39 percent of the State's liquor licenses are issued within the five boroughs. In some neighborhoods, the nightlife causes noise problems and other disruptions to the community."

Senator Smith had urged Governor Pataki to appoint an SLA commissioner who resided in New York City. In a December letter to the Governor, Senator Smith expressed her concerns that New York City is unlike any other part of the State when it comes to nightlife. The City's population density, and its status as the nation's entertainment capital, makes residents and late-night establishments unusually close neighbors.

In the letter, co-signed by 35 other State Legislators and several Community Boards, Senator Smith wrote the Governor that residents of New York City deserved an SLA Chair who "understands the unique and complex relationship between the City's residential communities and its vibrant nightlife industry."

Although Boyle does not reside in New York City, Senator Smith said, "I believe he will attempt to make the SLA more responsive and appreciative of our neighborhoods and the problems we face."

The Senate confirmed Boyle unanimously on February 15, 2006.

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