The State Liquor Authority is part of the executive department of New York State with a Board consisting of three Commissioners, appointed to three-year terms, one of whom is the Chair. The Chair serves as the day-to-day administrator and has a salary set by statute; the other two Commissioners are compensated on a part-time basis.
The State Liquor Authority has two main functions: 1) issuing licenses and permits; and 2) ensuring compliance with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law. The Authority's licensing activities focus on the timely processing of licenses and permits. The Authority's enforcement activities focus on the protection of the public by working with local law enforcement agencies and local communities to bring administrative actions against licensees who violate the law.