New York: More to Come?

More than 100,000 bars, restaurants and package stores come under the supervision of the New York State Liquor Authority. It can grant licenses, or refuse to grant them, or take them away; a liquor-store owner cannot even move to a new location without permission from the authority. Booze is big business in New York: a Manhattan package store can easily gross $1,000,000 a year. With that kind of money at stake, the Liquor Authority, with its 358 lowly employees, is a likely school for scandal. And as of last week, scandal was busting out all over.

It began last fall,...

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