2010-01-22 / Top Stories

Proprietor Denied Liquor Store License

By Miriam Rosenberg

A liquor store that was set to be situated within a block of a house of worship and a day care center – in violation of New York State Liquor Authority regulations – was denied a license to operate, The Wave has learned.

Ali A. Alkaifi, who filed the application on May 12, 2009 to open Beach Channel Liquor at 43-15 Beach Channel Drive, was denied a liquor license by the NYSLA due to his background, according to the Notice of Disapproval of Application obtained by The Wave.

In its denial letter, dated December 28 of last year, the NYSLA states the following:

“… this applicant is a twenty-one year old unemployed student, with no work experience whatsoever.” the ruling said. “Moreover, he has a pending criminal case involving marijuana, as well as another conviction. Furthermore, he borrowed the entire investment in the business [$90,798] from his father.

Thus, the applicant’s entire track record casts overwhelming doubt that he will be able to properly operate and manage a store selling alcohol to the public without committing Alcoholic Beverage Control Law violations. Based on his immaturity, inexperience, his lack of financial risk in the business, and his demonstrated inability to abide by the law, granting a license to him will not advance respect and compliance with the law, nor will it promote public convenience and advantage. Therefore, the application is denied.”

The authority’s unanimous vote was made at its monthly meeting on November 18, 2009.

Alkaifi has four months from the date the application was disapproved to file for the decision to be reviewed by members of the New York State Liquor Authoriy.

The proposed new store in Arverne would have been within a half block of the Blanche Daycare Center at 44-02 Beach Channel Drive and the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church at 361 Beach 42 Street, thereby violating city law. The SLA is expected to confirm the decision.

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