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A Reasonable Approach to Regulation - Recap from our Roundtable Discussion with SLA Chairman

Tuesday, September 30, 2014  
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At a recent members-only event hosted and organized by the New York State Restaurant Association, Chairman of the State Liquor Authority Dennis Rosen discussed his approach to heading up the Authority and answered questions from restaurant industry representatives. The common theme among his actions and philosophies is that reasonableness should trump rigid regulation.


Chairman Rosen stressed throughout the discussion that his office focuses on keeping the playing field level and making sure everyone follows the same set of rules for the three levels of the liquor industry. From Community Boards in New York City to applications throughout the state, his office aims to cut non-sense and make sure the rules are administered fairly.


Thank you to New York State Liquor Authority Chairman Dennis Rosen, Moderator Joseph Levey from Helbraun Levey & O’Donahue, and everyone who attended our event yesterday in NYC. View more photos of the event on Facebook.


He also had many accomplishments to tout to the group. In his four years as chairman, wait times for applications of all kinds have been reduced by two-thirds. New York State has doubled the amount of alcohol manufacturers, and has fostered enormous growth in the craft alcohol industry. Finally, he has cut an enormous amount of red tape and posted information on SLA rulings, policies, and certification processes to the internet.


This is not to say he takes his position or the law lightly. He often discussed major penalties, sometimes over the half million dollar mark, on companies that engage in bad practices. The SLA has also suspended licenses, preventing offenders from doing business for a period of time. These penalties are also public, which further harms an offender’s reputation.


All in all, the event was informative and interesting. The Chairman provided his audience with great breakdowns of both the specifics and broader philosophies he has used to shape the SLA. The New York State Restaurant Association appreciates his time and his reasonable approach to regulating the alcoholic beverage industry. It is critical that all operators are on a level playing field, so that the entire industry can be successful. 

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