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Matter of Waldman v. New York State Liq. Auth – Case Brief Summary (New York)

In Matter of Waldman v. New York State Liq. Auth. (281 A.D.2d 286 [2001]), the Court annulled a determination of the Authority which granted a liquor license to a restaurant under Alcohol Beverage Control Law § 64 (7) (f), when the Authority merely found that the applicant "will operate these premises as a bona fide restaurant featuring Cuban cuisine" (Matter of Waldman, 281 A.D.2d at 286).

The Court found that "[t]his perfunctory recitation fails to comply with the requirement that the Authority state its reasons for concluding that it would be in the public interest" to grant the license. (Id.) The Court concluded that "[o]bviously, something more is needed." (Id.)