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Jan 28 2011

CONVICTED FELONS MAY NOW WORK FOR SPECIFIED ON‐PREMISES LICENSEES

Formerly, a convicted felon could not be employed in a New York State Liquor Authority licensed premise with first obtaining a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities.  Obtaining that Certificate was often a difficult, expensive and time intensive task.  In 2010, the New York State Liquor Authority eased the restriction as follows:
 

a. Anyone who is convicted of a felony or convicted of:
i. Illegally using, carrying or possessing a pistol or other dangerous weapon;
ii. Making or possessing burglar’s instruments;
iii. Buying or receiving or criminally possessing stolen property;
iv. Unlawful entry of a building;
v. Aiding escape from prison;
vi. Unlawfully possessing or distributing habit forming narcotic drugs;
vii. Jostling (Penal Law §165.25), fraudulent accosting (Penal Law §165.30) or
loitering (Penal Law §240.35);
viii. Vagrancy or prostitution; or
ix. Ownership, operation, possession, custody or control of a still.
b. May work in any of the following licensed premises:

i. Catering establishments (CT);
ii. Hotel (HL);
iii. Restaurant (see “restaurant” definition in §3 of the NY ABC Law);
iv. Club (CL); or
v. Recreational Facility (theatre; concert hall; opera house; bowling establishment;
excursion and sightseeing vessel; facilities for golf, tennis, swimming, skiing or
boating; or accommodation of athletic events, sporting events, expositions and
other similar events or occasions requiring the accommodation of large
gatherings of persons),

c. May not work in the following licensed premises, unless such individual has received and executive pardon removing any civil disabilities, a certificate of good conduct, other relief from disabilities or upon the written approval of the New York State Liquor Authority:
i. Nightclub (OP), if not a “Restaurant”;
ii. Tavern (TL, TW);
iii. Cabaret (CR); or
iv. Bar (OP), if not a “Restaurant”.

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Jan 28 2011

NEW YORK STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY EASES 30 DAY NOTICE REQUIREMENT

noticePreviously, the ABC Law required most license applicants and renewal applicants file notifications via certified mail with their local community boards a minimum of 30 days in advance of filings with the New York State Liquor Authority. Effective January 11, 2011, the types of notice that are considered legally sufficient to satisfy these notice requirements have expanded as follows: overnight delivery or personal service is added to the list of options available for new or renewal applicants for on-premises beer licenses, full on-premises liquor licenses, restaurant-brewer licenses, cabaret licenses, and on-premises wine licenses. In addition, overnight delivery is added to the list of options available for alteration applications [ABCL §99-d(1)].

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