The Huntington Town board will urge the state to limit the number of retail liquor store licenses that can be issued within a geographic area, after some businesses complained enough is enough.
The town board voted 4-1 at a meeting last week to send letters to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the State Legislature. The move comes on the heels of some Huntington Station liquor store owners complaining to the board in recent months that there are too many such stores, about a dozen, within a 3-mile radius, and plans for a larger store slated for the neighborhood.
"As I recall it used to be so hard to get a liquor store license, now it just seems so easy, and they are popping up on every other corner in Huntington Station," said town board member Mark Cuthbertson, who sponsored the resolution for the letters. "So it would be nice if there were some requirement that they not be located within a mile or two of each other."
Sarvpreet Singh said his application to the state Liquor Authority for a permit to open a store at 295 W. Jericho Tpke. was rejected last week. That was the store to which residents had objected.
State liquor authorities did not return calls for comment.
Town board member Gene Cook said he voted against sending the letters because they limit small businesses.
"I have a problem trying to limit businesses," he said. "America was founded by entrepreneurs who could bring, in the end, a better mousetrap for the customer. By limiting that, it blocks out new entrepreneurs."
"I don't understand why the board would be against bringing another business into the town," he said. "That means more money, more tax revenue."
Cuthbertson added that placing a limit on where the stores are located does not limit small business growth. "Within the town you're saying, 'Let's put them, but let's not saturate them in areas,' which seems to be happening, that they're saturated in Huntington Station," he said.