Oneida Nation will not receive liquor license in time for PGA event

By Dave Dellecese

VERONA - The Oneida Indian Nation will not have a liquor license in time for the PGA tournament.

Today, the New York State Liquor Authority heard a number of people both for and against the nation receiving a liquor license. The board said it felt it has to do more research on the issue.

On October 3, a decision will be made.

The Nation applied for a license to sell alcohol at three of itsTurning Stone golf courses -- but no where else on the property. The nation has been fighting for a liquor license since 1999.

The meeting started around ten this morning...and the Oneida's request has taken up the majority of the time. One Turning Stone employee made the point that no where in the country will you find a resort of the Turning Stone's caliber that doesn't serve alcohol.

A concerned citizen came right back - bringing up the issue of sales tax. Local businesses agree to pay it...will the Oneidas?

Turning Stone has been a dry business since it first opened in 1993. The Oneidas have asked the New York State Liquor Authority to grant a license in the three golf course club houses.

The nation has not filed for a license on the gaming floor, restaurants or in its hotels.


Turning Stone is hosting an upcoming PGA tour event this month.

Watch the Live at Five Newshour today where Oneida Nation CEO and President, Ray Halbritter will be our guest.

For a live webcast of the Alcoholic Beverage Control State Liquor Authority hearings, visit:




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