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Permit for Liquor Store Rejected

Other owners, Town Board members opposed another liquor store in Huntington Station.

Huntington business owners who opposed a permit application for another liquor store have won a decision by the State Liquor Authority.

The SLA last week rejected the request by Sarvpreet Singh, who had applied for a permit to open a 6,000-square-foot store Kevin's Discount Wines & Liquors at 295 W. Jericho Tpke., Huntington Station.

Other liquor store owners noted that there were already 16 liquor stores within 3.5 miles of the proposed store, and the new business, in a space created between Harbor Freight and Rite-Aid at the corner of West Hills Road and Jericho, would have been too close to Whitman High School.

Milan Patel, who owns Huntington Wines & Liquors on West Jericho Turnpike, and Ken V. Babi, who owns West Hills Wines & Liquors on New York Avenue, and about 10 other owners had taken their case to the SLA and the Town Board.

At the Sept. 24 meeting of the Town Board, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson sponsored and enacted legislation to limit the number of retail liquor store licenses that can be issued within a geographic area and to set standards defining “saturation” for the purpose of limiting the number of retail liquor store licenses.

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The state agency made its decision three days later.

"The NYSLA took note of the outcry from the State, Town and community levels as they listened to both sides of the testimony. At the end of the hearing the NYSLA rendered its decision and denied the application," Cuthberston said Wednesday.

“I have always been an advocate for small businesses and economic development,” Cuthbertson said, "but this liquor store license application tipped the scale when looking at it terms of density and saturation. I applaud Chairman Dennis Rosen and Commissioner Jeanique Greene of the New York State Liquor Authority for their time and consideration on this matter. I am hopeful the Governor, State Legislature and NY State SLA will set geographic limits on new applicants in the future.” 

In addition to the many competitors, the owners' group said that a population decline, along with increasing costs and tough economic conditions, are harming their businesses. Both say they are losing their customer base as people move away and that increased costs, such as state taxes, are seriously cutting into their ability to make a living.

The owners could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Ron October 04, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Wow.This is almost laughable. The town now should move to close down any pizza parlor,McD's or Dunkin Donuts within a 1/4 mile of WWHS. These establishments sell products which are proven to cause obesity,heart disease and diabetes which are more of a threat to students than an establishment they are forbidden by law to patronize.
Ranger Sewer October 04, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Ron you just hit it out of the ballpark.
J M P October 04, 2012 at 11:57 AM
I totally agree with the towns decision. It's not only about being close to a HS but why is there a need for more liquor stores in an area of such class ? As they stated there are 16 stores in a 3.5 mile radius, why do we need another one when we can have something better or more useful? Do we really want to have a town that has a liquor store at every light ?! I don't !! I agree maybe town should look at fast food chains also and open up healthier options.... Hmm maybe they should use the rejected liquor store spot and think about opening a salad works or some healthy food chain?!
JSC October 04, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I don't see this as being a ruling against liquor per se. I believe that, as a town, we need to start looking at what kind of stores are being approved when there is already an oversaturation of the same type of store within a certain area, as well as looking at the overuse of the same parking spaces to get approval for a new store! Schools are special cases and yes, we do need to see what type of businesses are surrounding our children's school buildings. Liquor stores, adult video stores, bars, massage parlors... those obviously don't belong near a school! As to the pizza parlors, McD's etc, limiting to one of each near a school is fine. Do we need five Dunkin Donuts within a 1/2 mile of each other in any part of town? NO! Look at Huntington Village - should we keep approving new bars who masquerade as restaurants? I don't think it's necessary or good for the town to be oversaturated as we are now, as we've seen the consequences at night. It just makes sense to be watchful, not to put a lock on new businesses at all, but to keep the town "neat" and uncluttered.
Linda Otta October 04, 2012 at 12:29 PM
It was pointed out during the Old Huntington Hotel that that is being currently knocked down and replaced with a cookie cutter TD Bank that there were too many banks in a 2 mile radius but that was fast tracked. Why different rules for different folks?
Rhea October 04, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Although " prohibited" by law to sell to minors..we all know that's a joke..The Liquor Plaza on 110 is known by most teens to sell to them without requiring any type of proof..ask around
Jim R. October 04, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Gotta love capitalism...
Jason Molinet October 04, 2012 at 01:33 PM
At the same time, the Town reduced its potential tax base.
John Springer, NY Liquor License Specialist October 04, 2012 at 01:43 PM
While well-intentioned, the Town measure to limit the number of liquor stores in a geographic area would not withstand judicial review. Under state law and numerous court decisions, the siting of liquor stores falls exclusively with the jurisdiction of the New York State Liquor Authority, which must determine whether Public Convenience and Advantage would be served. The Town Council cannot usurp that authority by local ordiance.
Joe L October 04, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I can turn in any direction from my house and note a liquor store that's less than 3 minutes away. This one would've been 2 minutes away, what a shame -__-
John Fay October 04, 2012 at 04:15 PM
If it was a Pawn Shop, I'm sure it would have been approved...I can't believe they approved the new one located by Walgreens just north of the Train Station...a real step in the right direction to revitalize Huntington Station...NOT.
Justine S October 04, 2012 at 06:55 PM
There is a "healthier" food place people...Zaro's Cafe...the "Original" Greek/Italian place to eat. Their food is "home-made"& authentic...so much that they have also become wholesalers to the finest gourmet markets throughout L.I. to Manhattan. Located @135-W Jericho Tpke Hunt Sta 1/4 mile west of Rt 110 on the North side in the Jericho Tpke Plaza. And in a few weeks they will be bringing back their wines,beers & after dinner liquers.
Jim R. October 04, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Justine... what does Zaro's have to do w/liquor stores? (And Greek Grille is much better, BTW).
Justine S October 04, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Jim R- My response was to JMP regarding opening a healthy food store as opposed to another liquor store Jim R . And by definition those "chain" stores are far from healthy..Oh one more thing Jim R. I beg to differ with you Zaro's..blows them away..hands down..NOBODY..makes humus,tatziki sauce,gyros souvlakis Greek salads like them...NOBODY! That's why their humus & tatziki are selling like "hot cakes" by pint & quart sizes..yeah ..ok.
B H R October 08, 2012 at 04:27 PM
The area is surrounded by fast food chains, banks, motels and car dealers. The way this is going we should limit them also and anyone else who may be competitive in the business community. This is a farce. There are liquor stores in business in the area discussed close to churches, one within 500 feet. That one should be closed and she be looked into. The High School was not a factor and as the video online with the "SLA" agreeing to that even though the councilmans aide kept on speaking of close proximity, which it isn't by law. Local politicians are motivated by the election and a select few store owners to turn against new store owners as the fear of competition in this area. It is to be mentioned by watching the online video the license was awarded at first by the SLA but was overruled by one individual (one yes, one no) because of over saturation. Commissioner Greene awarded the license but was immediately overruled. Can't figure that one out. (politics) Where I live in Queens there must be 20 - 25 liquor stores in any 3 1/2 mile radiius from our home. I guess we should close them down also. Go down Jericho towards into Mineola. Three pharmacies on 3 corners at an intersection. How were they able to open ?? Seems like Huntington Station would rather have vacancies and stop prospective tenants from opening than supporting new businesses from being competitive and the consumer having greater choices of where to purchase goods. Is this the beginning ??? Seemingly yes.
Bebe November 01, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Hey, how about opening a self serve frozen yogurt shop? ;)

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