Hempstead Village’s board unanimously voted to amend the village code to require a business providing entertainment to apply for a cabaret license.
The board’s approval at the Tuesday village meeting makes it mandatory for businesses such as bars and restaurants that have music, singing, dancing or amusement games to obtain a cabaret license. Village law already required those businesses to have a general business license to operate and a State Liquor Authority license to sell alcohol, said Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr.
The new law is part of an effort by village officials to tighten restrictions on bars and restaurants in the village, Hall said. He has been trying to halt businesses from receiving licenses to sell alcohol because there are already too many, Hall said.
“I think it’s something that the village needed to do,” he said.
The new law also outlines grounds for the suspension or revocation of cabaret licenses. Officials could suspend or revoke a license, if a series of disturbances affect the “tranquillity of the village.”
Another ground for suspension or revocation would be if a business violates any stipulation or condition imposed by the board upon granting or renewing the license.
The board also voted Tuesday night to approve the ability to exceed the new 2 percent state tax cap, if needed.
Above: Hempstead Village Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr. has been on a campaign to halt new businesses from receiving state liquor licenses. He testified against a license for this establishment on Fulton Avenue. (March 3, 2011)