Tuesday, August 07, 2012

State Liquor Authority will consider Barclays Center liquor license at August 29 meeting; administrative law judge's report not yet public

After an administrative law judge heard public testimony at two meetings in June, the State Liquor Authority is set to consider the Barclays Center liquor license at its August 29 board meeting, according to state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery's office.

That is the second of two SLA board meetings this month; the first is today.

Several things about the license and board meeting remain unclear, however. The report compiled by Administrative Law Judge Raymond Di Luglio has not been made public.

Yesterday, the SLA told me it was "an inter-agency document that is not a final determination of the State Liquor Authority," thus not subject to a Freedom of Information Law request.

"It will be part of the record before the Members of the authority, consequently, when they render a determination, it may be released," said spokesman William Crowley.

At the meeting

According to Montgomery's office, elected officials will be able to address the board at the hearing, but it's not clear if the public will be able to speak.

The meeting will be held at SLA offices in Harlem, beginning at 10 am, and should be webcast. The schedule for the meeting, which usually addresses numerous applications, should be released later in the month.

It's not clear if the SLA at that meeting will also address the application from Kemistry, a lounge planning highly-contentious bottle service.

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