LES Dwellers Meet with CB3 & The New York State Liquor Authority Reps
Monday, October 21st @ 1pm: LES Dwellers, CB3 Reps, The New York State Liquor Authority Reps, & Industry Rep Meet
No one in the room favored the fractured status of community representation. At the conclusion of the meeting, it seemed as if all parties would resume working towards the common goal of the betterment of the neighborhood.
The meeting was productive, clearing up a lot of the confusion and misconceptions surrounding the LES Dwellers suspension, as well as resulting in NY SLA recommendations to put forward:
The State Liquor Authority confirmed that residents and community groups can submit materials directly to the SLA for consideration without having to broker them through the Community Board.
The SLA and industry representative strongly suggested publishing block association contact information directly on the CB3 website in the interest of expediency, allowing applicants to contact any block associations / community groups directly, eliminating the referral system.
The State Liquor Authority is firmly in favor of the electronic filing of submissions by applicants, and asked the industry representative and Community Board 3 representatives to begin moving towards making it standard operating procedure - both from the standpoint of greater accountability and transparency, and general efficiency.
It was understood that the LES Dwellers can meet with applicants as members of the community, as applicants are required in the process of submitting an application to meet with the community and its representative groups, and the SLA encouraged the LES Dwellers keep the CB3 informed of any substantive communications with applicants to avoid miscommunications regarding existing opposition to applicants. This courtesy can be suggested to all block associations / community groups when meeting and / or taking a position with applicants.
The LES Dwellers agreed to the request by SLA representatives to copy certain Community Board 3 members when submitting material directly to the SLA. This courtesy can be suggested to all block associations / community groups when submitting to the SLA.
The Community Board 3 was asked to communicate instances in which industry representatives or applicants complained about their interactions with the LES Dwellers to the LES Dwellers as soon as the complaint occurs, so that the LES Dwellers could potentially attempt to resolve the misunderstanding or address the applicant’s or industry representative’s concerns. The SLA stated that they too would forward any complaints sent to them regarding the LES Dwellers. This policy can be applied to all block associations / community groups so as not to foster an environment of “hearsay” but rather to ensure all parties are effectively working together.
CB3 - LES Dwellers Suspension Phone Call