Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association
The Empire State Restaurant and Tavern Association is dedicated to promoting the profitability of New York’s on-premise alcohol beverage licensees. For more than 70 years we’ve been working to improve conditions for our industry. We are the foremost advocates of the on-premise beverage alcohol industry, involved in advancing the interests, businesses, image, and future of our industry.
Alcohol Training Awareness Program
The Agency regularly conducts informational seminars, as well as setting the minimum standards for and certifying schools to provide ATAP (Alcohol Training Awareness Program) training. These programs help licensees to comply with the Alcohol Beverage Control Laws, and emphasize how to stop underage drinking and sales to intoxicated persons. Our goal is to provide a safe environment at licensed establishments as well as preserve the health, safety and welfare of the citizens in our communities.
New York State Liquor Authority
On December 5, 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Presidential Proclamation 2,065, officially repealing the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that established Prohibition in the United States. Prohibition was repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment, which granted each state the power to regulate the trafficking of alcoholic beverages within its borders. Chapter 180 of the Laws of 1933 provided for the manufacture of malt beverages and wine not exceeding 3.2 percent alcohol content under the guidance of an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
In 1934, New York State enacted Chapter 478, known as the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, creating the State Liquor Authority and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The State Liquor Authority’s first Annual Report noted that Chapter 478 was enacted by the Legislature to provide for “the protection, health, welfare and safety of the people of the State.” These principles are the core of the SLA/ABC’s mission to this day. The responsibilities of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control include:
Reviewing applications and investigating applicants to determine eligibility;
Issuing licenses and permits for the manufacture, wholesale distribution and retail sale of all alcoholic beverages;
Regulating trade and credit practices related to the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages at wholesale and retail;
Limiting, in the Authority's discretion, the number and type of licenses issued as determined by public convenience and advantage;
Inspecting premises where alcoholic beverages are manufactured or sold;
Investigating licensees in connection with violations of the ABC Law, and working with local law enforcement agencies to ensure compliance with the ABC Law; and
Conducting disciplinary proceedings and hearings, and revoking, canceling or suspending for cause any license or permit, and/or imposing monetary penalties where appropriate