An administrative law judge has reversed the Paterson Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board decision to disallow a liquor store from opening in a known trouble spot in the 10th Avenue neighborhood.
The city has suspended three liquor establishments. Two were suspended for selling alcohol to underage patrons and a third for selling before the legal hour on a Sunday, according to municipal records.
The city issued a three-day liquor license suspension to the Bonfire Restaurant on Wednesday night in response to a large fight that erupted inside the business in late June.
The city council recently passed a measure requiring liquor business owners to undergo annual training to reduce the large number of liquor license violations being incurred by bars and liquor stores.
The three candidates for the city’s challenged 4th Ward discussed increasing police presence by utilizing special police officers, limiting expansion of liquor establishments, increasing recreational opportunities for young people, reducing reliance on state aid, and the impact of the mayor’s policies in the ward at Thursday afternoon’s candidate forum at the council chamber.
The city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board suspended three liquor establishments for selling hard liquor before the legal hour, allowing illegal activity on premises, and failing to have a pool table license.
A group of 4th Ward residents successfully blocked a liquor store from opening in their neighborhood on Wednesday evening.