A free seminar to help the owners of bars, restaurants and clubs comply with alcoholic beverage control laws and learn about improving safety for their employees and patrons is being offered next week.

The office of Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, the Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association and the New York State Liquor Authority is offering the Alcohol Awareness Training Program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Nassau Community College in East Garden City, Rice's office announced in a news release.

Rice said in the release she was pleased to partner with the other agencies to offer information and education about a wide range of alcohol-related issues.

"It is essential that they know the law inside and out and understand what their responsibilities are," Rice said in the release.

To further assist business owners, she said "license readers" will be on hand to provide tips on how to differentiate between legitimate and false or altered driver's licenses.

Licensees are urged to preregister for the free seminar by calling 518-486-4767 or by sending an e-mail to freetraining@abc.state.ny.us.

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