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NY suspends 14 more liquor licenses; 162 bars, restaurants suspended since March

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Posted at 4:30 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 16:37:26-04

NEW YORK — The New York State Liquor Authority has suspended licenses for 14 additional bars and restaurants for violating executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

In total, 162 bars and restaurants have had their liquor licenses suspended for repeated or egregious violations since the pandemic began, according to the governor.

"Now is not the time to lose sight of our goal, and if compliance slips, all of the progress we've made over the last five months could be undermined,” Cuomo said Monday in a statement. “These establishments put the health of their staff, their patrons, and all New Yorkers at risk — and their actions are simply unacceptable."

The 14 new suspensions are located in New York City, Long Island and the Capital Region.

In New York City, the SLA suspended licenses for seven establishments in Brooklyn, one in Manhattan and three in Queens. The board also suspended licenses for one Albany establishment, one in Schenectady and one in Suffolk County.

Task force investigators reported that one Brooklyn establishment, La Perla Del Ulua Restaurant, threw an illegal street party on Saturday with a DJ and nearly 40 people drinking and dancing, according to state officials.

The SLA can suspend a liquor license for either repeated violations or if one violation is particularly egregious, according to officials.

Violators of the state’s coronavirus executive orders and guidelines can face fines up to $10,000 per citation.

The crackdown on restaurants and bars continues despite progress in slowing the spread of the virus.

Cuomo has said continued enforcement of coronavirus executive orders and the phased reopening plan are key in keeping COVID-19 numbers low.