Friday, January 18, 2008

Downtown Express covers the Fight Buster's Movement

Patrick Hedlund from Downtown Express recently wrote about the plight of Buster's and how the community rallied to strike a blow at the Community Board.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Assemblymember Deborah Glick's Letters to the SLA Commissioner

One way to build consensus when approaching the State Liquor Authority is to gain the support of local politicians. Assemblymember Deborah Glick from the 66th District has been an advocate of community rights and quality of life issues -- in particular, she's been very proactive on issues of alcohol licensing.

We were pleasantly surprised to see that she wrote not one, but two letters to Chairman Boyle at the State Liquor Authority for his consideration. Although we are awaiting his decision, we can't help but be swayed by Glick's strongly worded letter in opposition to 200 Water Group.

Thanks to Assemblymember Glick and Bess Matassa, her community liason, for their support in this matter.

Community Board #1 Supports Our Initiative

Last night, over 60 of us showed up to oppose Buster's at the full community board meeting at PS/IS 89 in Tribeca. CB1 unanimously voted to retract their previous approval and also issued a unanimous resolution to oppose 200 Water Group LLC, whose ownership operated Buster's Garage. A representative from Assemblymember Glick's office also read her opposition to 200 Water Group, and has sent letters to the SLA.

It was a major blow for Buster's, and no one from their side attended the meeting.

Today, we are submitting documents to the State Liquor Authority as follow-up to the January 2 500 foot hearing. The administrative judge had granted us an extension to file documents based on the fact that 1) the SLA hadn't scanned the application until last week, and 2) the community board had consented to re-hear the issue.

There is a two day period in which lawyers can submit rebuttals, and then it's in the hands of the commissioners for the SLA.

Thanks to everyone who showed up for the various hearings and forums. Although we can't call the victory final yet, we sure have represented our opposition as a community and sent a strong message to our representatives.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Victory at the Tribeca Committee

Results of the Meeting of the Tribeca Committee of Community Board #1 held on January 9, 2008:

More than 70 members of the community attended the meeting. The Committee heard from the attorney for the applicant; the attorney for the community residents and from members of the community and asked questions of the various parties. Members of the Committee engaged in a discussion of the issues presented, namely the duplicity and deception of the applicant in submitting a different set of floor plans to the community board and then to the State Liquor Authority. After discussion, the Committee approved the following resolutions:

1. To reconsider and rescind its original vote not to oppose the liquor license of the 200 Water Group LLC; Approved 11-0 and

2. To recommend to the State Liquor Authority that the Authority deny the license application of the 200 Water Group LLC for 25 North Moore Street. Approve 10 plus one abstention.

The matter must now go before the full Community Board on January 15 for ratification and final approval of the Committee's resolutions. It is
strongly recommended that the community turn out for this meeting to demonstrate its support of the resolutions.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Tribeca Committee Moves us to the top of the Agenda!

Our lawyer, Barry Mallin, was informed by Carol Desaram, the Chair of the Tribeca Committee of Community Board #1, that she would like to hear the 200 Water Group issue FIRST at tonight's 6pm meeting. Our efforts have really made this issue salient for the community.

Remember, there is a security screening checkpoint at the building in which the CB is housed, so show up early!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tribeca Committee of Community Board #1
49-51 Chambers Street
Room 709

Friday, January 4, 2008

The Community Board Listens...New Meeting Scheduled for Jan 9!

The Fight Buster's Action Committee has been in talks with Julie Menin, the chairperson of Community Board #1 (CB). We have been informed that she has send a letter to the State Liquor Authority to request postponement of the liquor permit decision on 25 N Moore until after the CB can reconsider the matter on January 15. This is a major victory for us.

So we need you to show up in force at the next Tribeca Committee meeting to show that the community doesn't want Busters!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tribeca Committee of Community Board #1
49-51 Chambers Street
Room 709

The CB Building has a metal detector and x-ray machine. Please arrive early and leave any bags at home to expedite the security process! Let's go Tribeca!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Press is on to you Buster.

Buster's thought they were just gonna slide right through unnoticed. Nice try.

Tribeca Trib

State Liquor Authority 500 Foot Hearing

200 Water Group LLC's application for a liquor permit was received on Dec 17th by the State Liquor Authority. By December 19th, the SLA had already issued a hearing date. By law, the SLA must notify the Community Board with a 15 day notice prior to the hearing, which they did, however, the CB contact was on vacation.

When the CB contact returned to work on Dec 31, he left a voicemail on the work phone of one of the Atalanta Board members, who wasn't working that day. When the board member returned to work on January 2, the voicemail indicated that the 500 Foot Hearing was scheduled for Jan 3 at 11am -- exactly 15 days from the notification date.

The Fight Buster's Action Committee went into hyperdrive to notify local residents, and over 40 of you showed up in the Atalanta lobby at 8pm on 1/2 to listen to our lawyer, Barry Mallin, discuss the issues. Barry pointed out that in all his years of fighting on behalf of various communities, he had never seen the SLA issue a hearing date so quickly....(we'll leave the conclusions to you to make)

The next day, 20 of us boarded a school bus to travel up to Lenox Ave in Harlem, where we were joined by another 5-10 residents to speak against the liquor permit application.

Suffice it to say, the folks from Buster's were pretty damn surprised to see us show up in force. A number of us commented on how many more people would have shown if we had had more than a day's notice!

The mechanics of the 500 Foot Hearing are for an administrative judge to collect information from the applicant and opposition, and write a synopsis that is subsequently submitted to the SLA Commissioner for a final judgment. Although we had a very strong showing of support, we still have an uphill battle since Community Board #1 (CB1) unanimously approved 200 Water's application to move forward with a liquor license. Following today's meeting, our lawyer has one week to submit written documentation (letters, petitions, etc) to the SLA. Our lawyers then have three days to rebut arguments, and finally the SLA will render a decision at their next available meeting.

Make sure you get those letters of opposition to the SLA commissioner and to the doorman at 25 N Moore St.