FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2007
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION INCREASING BILLIARD TABLE THRESHOLD FOR BILLIARD ROOM LICENSE
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The next bill before me is Introductory Number 577-A, sponsored by Council Members Comrie, Fidler, James, Liu, Stewart, Weprin, Nelson, Seabrook, Gentile, Gennaro and Sears. This bill increases the number of billiard tables that would require an establishment to seek a billiard room license from the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA).
"Currently, the law requires establishments with two or more billiard or pocket billiard tables to obtain a billiard room license from DCA. This puts an unnecessary burden on small businesses, including bars and lounges, that have two or more billiard tables but whose main function is not to serve as a billiard room.
"Introductory Number 577-A would raise the threshold for requiring a billiard room license to three tables, removing an unnecessary imposition on small businesses that offer their patrons the opportunity to play billiards incidental to their main trade.
"I would like to thank Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz and his staff for their work on the bill. I would also like to thank the Council for approving this legislation."
Stu Loeser/Matthew Kelly (212) 788-2958
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