It was an excruciatingly long meeting last night of CB3's SLA Committee. We'll have some thoughts later today or tomorrow on the contentious gathering – and the growing sense on the committee that the rules guiding liquor license approvals need to be updated. In the meantime, Eater details the approvals and rejections.
The committee rejected applications from a karaoke place at 196 Orchard, Sushi Hana (111 Rivington) and an unnamed French bistro at 175 Ludlow. However, the CB3 members signaled their approval for the much-talked-about meatball shop on Stanton Street, Rushbury at 17 Orchard, Le Cubain, Local 138, Macando and Bowery Electric.
The baord was able to wrap up the night's business in a mere 7 hours!
In general Community Board 3 does a great job. However, the SLA Committee gives it a bad name. A seven hour meeting is just unconscionable. The right of the public to be heard is defeated by such a long wait.
I say disband the SLA Committee and reconstitute it with a new Chair who can run the meetings more efficiently.
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