STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Griffo criticizes SLA's 'one strike and you're out' policy

Associated Press

Sen. Joseph Griffo is criticizing the State Liquor Authority procedures for citing establishments and revoking liquor licenses.

Posted: Aug 24, 2020 12:40 PM
Updated: Aug 24, 2020 12:42 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. – In July, Gov. Andrew Cuomo established a multi-agency task force to inspect bars and restaurants, to ensure state guidelines are followed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Since then, the State Liquor Authority has issued several citations, and revoked some liquor licenses entirely. Both Dick Smith’s Tavern in Utica and Side Street in Mohawk have had their licenses suspended for violating social distancing guidelines and not enforcing face coverings.

Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, has expressed concerns with the SLA suspending licenses and issuing violations so quickly, when businesses are already struggling.

“I understand that there should be consequences for businesses who violate the state’s statutes during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Griffo. “However, at a time when many businesses are facing severe economic struggles and confusion as a result of inconsistent and ambiguous orders from the state, there should not be a one strike and you’re out policy.”

Griffo says the establishments should have a chance to rectify the situation before losing their licenses immediately, arguing that bail reform is more lenient than these new policies.

“While I recognize the importance of ensuring the safety and well-being of employees and patrons, bars and restaurants should be given the opportunity to correct violations before they are penalized more harshly,” he said. “Someone can commit a crime and be released back onto the street thanks to the bail-related changes now in place in New York, but a restaurant can potentially lose its liquor license for its first infraction. These approaches and policies challenge businesses and contribute to the state’s exodus.”

Games like darts, cornhole and pool have also been banned, and bars are taking a hit, losing customers that come in for leagues and tournaments. Griffo argues that these policies are also preventing businesses from stabilizing after being closed for several months.

“Once again, we are seeing inconsistent policies that only cause confusion and erode the credibility of directives from the state,” Sen. Griffo said. “In New York right now, you can bring reusable and potentially contaminated bags in and out of stores and homes, but you can’t touch a dart, pool cue or beanbag. I get that protocols need to be in place, but we should be finding ways to help businesses during this unique and challenging time.”

For more information on SLA guidelines, click here.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1694651

Reported Deaths: 48335
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens2184108926
Kings2182459258
Suffolk1664973125
Nassau1526462956
Bronx1490725955
Westchester1103302125
New York1075853980
Erie668181618
Richmond589101605
Monroe53391998
Rockland39673896
Orange38194730
Onondaga32798636
Dutchess23006413
Albany21239335
Oneida19928481
Niagara15554316
Broome15461339
Saratoga12245149
Schenectady11039178
Ulster10331232
Rensselaer9233132
Putnam856586
Chautauqua7443126
Chemung6481130
Oswego611989
Ontario591490
St. Lawrence570191
Steuben5584139
Cayuga543889
Jefferson491063
Sullivan489160
Herkimer4609107
Wayne454065
Cattaraugus449977
Genesee4483119
Madison389685
Clinton378827
Livingston361156
Tompkins352343
Columbia345696
Fulton344085
Montgomery3259107
Cortland324160
Allegany293081
Warren291355
Wyoming288549
Tioga286456
Greene270971
Chenango250270
Otsego248643
Orleans247782
Washington240654
Franklin217612
Lewis210330
Seneca165554
Delaware159033
Essex136426
Schoharie125113
Yates102426
Schuyler87312
Hamilton2862
Unassigned16199
Out of NY0194
Rome
Clear
wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 2°
Feels Like: 2°
Binghamton
Partly Cloudy
12° wxIcon
Hi: 38° Lo: 6°
Feels Like: 4°
Rome
Clear
wxIcon
Hi: 36° Lo: 2°
Feels Like: 2°
Rome
Clear
wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: -6°
Feels Like: 2°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Foodie Fridays Rosa's 50% 0ff - Now thru March 18
Submit your Mutt Madness Picture through March 10th
March into Beautiful Skin Giveaway
Under 100 2021 Golf Cards left!
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve