Battle Brewing Over VFW Liquor License
by Henrick A. Karoliszyn
Oct 09, 2008 | 891 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After a slight August break for Community Board 5, a reunion of members and issues took place last week at Christ the King High School in Middle Village.

The meeting first included a public hearing regarding an application to the State Liquor Authority by the Haspel Staab Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 551, located at 84-02 60th Avenue in Middle Village. The post wants to expand their licensed area to include the side yard for liquor consumption.

During a July meeting, members of the community spoke about the noise pollution of the area due to loud parties in the yard fueled by booze and loud music, which was said to be deafening for those who live nearby.

Only now has the Post really been gung-ho about obtaining the license.

“I don’t think in July they were so definitive in regard to their liquor license,” said CB5 district manager Gary Giordano after the meeting. “I don’t recall us getting complaints with that American Legion Post.”

Giordano does concur that the potential to annoy residents is evident, but stated that the issue has not come up that much in the past.

“No doubt when people are drinking that could be a problem with the neighbors,” he said. “It hasn’t been a problem in the past that we knew much about.”

So what would be a viable resolution to the conflict?

“I believe it will be taken up the Land Use Committee – a ‘bring both parties’ type of thing,” said the district manager. “That’s what I would estimate to try to come up with something that’s reasonable if that’s possible. We’re going to have to see.”

The meeting also examined and went through with the Fiscal Year 2010 Capital and Expense Budget of the City of New York related to Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale.

Speakers were given three minutes to address and raise issues regarding the budget.

“But no one really even spoke,” Giordano later said. “I mean in a way it’s good. Years ago, we had such an active budget hearing that we had to hold it on a separate night from our board meeting night.”

One reason, Giordano believes, is because a lot of major projects have come to fruition or on their way to completion, including the repaving of Myrtle Avenue.

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