Alcoholic Beverage Control, Division of
Agency Web Site: http://www.sla.ny.gov/
The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control operates under the direction of the State Liquor Authority (SLA), a three-member Board consisting of a Chairperson, who acts as the agency administrator, and two Commissioners, appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Division regulates and controls the manufacture, sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages within the State; issues licenses and permits to manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers; works with local law enforcement agencies and localities across the State to ensure compliance with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law; and regulates trade and credit practices for the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages.
Organization and Staffing
The agency is organized into three major business units: Administration, Licensing and Compliance. These units are under the direction of an Executive Team including the Chairman's Office, Office of Public Affairs, Licensing Bureau, Wholesale Bureau, Enforcement Bureau, Office of Counsel, Hearing Bureau, Secretary's Office and Internal Audit.
The FY 2019 Executive Budget recommends $13.3 million in General Fund appropriation and a workforce of 120 FTEs, reduced 7 FTEs from the previous year due to the elimination of vacant positions.
The Chair of the Authority is statutorily responsible and has sole authority for the administration of the State Liquor Authority/Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The Office coordinates daily agency operations, providing external support to a wide variety of public and licensed interests, as well as internal support to all agency program units.
Office of Public Affairs
The Office of Public Affairs fosters positive working relationships with federal, state and local legislators, community groups and their staffs. The Office engages in discussions in support of the SLA’s annual legislative program and, where appropriate, Governor’s Program Bills bearing on alcoholic beverage control policy. It also responds to media requests, distributes press releases, and coordinates press-related events and assists in the management of the content of the agency’s website.
The Licensing Bureau coordinates statewide licensing policies, standards and initiatives, and ensures that all license or permit applicants meet the statutory requirements. Staff reviews all license and permit applications, and prepares detailed reports to ensure either the Licensing Board or the Authority Members are able to make a proper determination on each application. This program also handles brand registrations for all alcoholic beverages sold in New York State.
The SLA regulates the distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages through a tiered system of three independent components: manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. The Wholesale Bureau provides ongoing assistance and guidance to the industry on trade practices and policy issues.
The Enforcement Bureau is responsible for investigating possible violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law which are rules and regulations relating to the manufacturing, wholesale, retail, transportation, and storage of alcoholic beverages. This program works with law enforcement agencies and community groups across the state; performs undercover investigations; and conducts training for police departments, licensees, servers and other beverage industry members on alcohol related issues.
The Hearing Bureau is comprised of part-time Administrative Law judges. This program conducts all disciplinary proceedings when licensees are charged with violations and holds hearings to review Licensing Board decisions denying licenses.
This program is responsible for implementing all disciplinary determinations made by the Board; collecting civil penalties and bond payments; and maintaining the repository of agency documentation.
Internal Audit consists of a shared Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk, and Compliance and Director of Internal Audit. Both positions are shared with the Department of Agriculture and Markets. The Special Counsel position is also shared with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. This program works with the SLA’s employees on identifying risks and ensuring compliance in policies and procedures through evaluations and testing processes.
|Licensing and Wholesaler Services|
|Licensing and Wholesaler Services|
|Program||Total||Personal Service Regular
|Licensing and Wholesaler Services||2,895,000||0||2,694,000||0|
|Licensing and Wholesaler Services||151,000||0||50,000||0|
|Program||Total||Supplies and Materials|
|Licensing and Wholesaler Services||1,983,000||0||60,000||0|
|Licensing and Wholesaler Services||20,000||0||1,848,000||0|
|Licensing and Wholesaler Services||55,000||0|
Note: Most recent estimates as of 01/16/2018