Councilmember Richards refuses bribe to support liquor store near Springfield Gardens school


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

A would-be business owner was recently busted for attempting to bribe a southeast Queens pol, according to officials. Tarsem Singh applied to open a liquor store on North Conduit Avenue, right across the street from Springfield Gardens High School. The proposal was heavily opposed by Councilmember Donovan Richards and the Springfield Gardens community. “Our children […]

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Pol hopes new legislation will make it tricky for bikini bars to get liquor licenses


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

The Courier/Photo by Alexa Altman

The top has come off for one Astoria bikini bar. Slinking under the guise of a regular lounge, Queen of Hearts’ thinly-veiled attempt to renew its liquor license, without alerting the State Liquor Authority (SLA) that it’s gone nearly-naked, has local leaders drafting legislation to expose them and similarly shady businesses. Initiated by Assemblymember Aravella […]

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New liquor laws to help communities


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Bars and other liquor serving establishments seeking licenses may have a tougher time due to new legislation from the State Senate sponsored by Senator Frank Padavan. The State Senate passed two bills last month aimed at strengthening New York State's liquor laws following months of hearings by the State Liquor Authority (SLA) taskforce last year. […]

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Pols call for City Liquor Agency


| pdavis@queenscourier.com

Shortly after Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law tougher regulations for city bars and clubs, City Councilmember Melinda Katz and Assemblymember Audrey Pheffer are calling for the creation of a City Liquor Authority (CLA). The proposal, which would require legislation on both the state and city level, would create a new agency in charge of […]

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