The State Liquor Authority Licensee Handbook

In 1934, after the prohibition against the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages was repealed by the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1933, the New York State Legislature enacted the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law which created the State Liquor Authority and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The Authority is comprised of three Members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the State Senate.

The restrictions, regulations and provisions contained in the ABC Law as enacted in 1934 were designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of New York State and to promote temperance and respect for the law. Those considerations continue to play an important role in the Authority’s decisions today.

The Authority’s major responsibilities are to issue liquor licenses to eligible individuals, corporations, partnerships and other legal entities and to administratively enforce the provisions of the ABC Law. The Authority can commence disciplinary proceedings against licensees for violations of the ABC Law and make determinations regarding penalties which range from license suspension, cancellation, revocation and/or a civil fine. A further explanation of penalties can be found in this booklet under the section entitled “Penalties and Disciplinary Proceedings.”

The purpose of the booklet is to acquaint retail licensees with information on what you need to know to sell alcoholic beverages in New York State. It is not intended to be all inclusive, but rather will offer a snapshot of important information. For additional information or any questions you may have, please write or call one of the Zone offices listed on the back page of this booklet. The Public Affairs office can also provide assistance.

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