Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Senate unanimously confirmed the reappointment of Dennis Rosen as Chairman of the New York State Liquor Authority, which regulates the manufacture and distribution of alcoholic beverages within New York State.
"Dennis Rosen has worked tirelessly to make the State Liquor Authority an accountable, transparent, and efficient state agency, Governor Cuomo said. New York's growth in the wine, beer, spirits and cider industry is monumental, with the potential to continue boosting the economy and creating jobs. I congratulate Dennis on this well-deserved confirmation and thank the New York State Senate and its leadership for their unanimous confirmation.
State Liquor Authority Chairman Dennis Rosen said, I thank Governor Cuomo for the opportunity to lead the State Liquor Authority and thank the State Senate for confirming my nomination. This industrys unprecedented growth over the past three years is a testament to Governor Cuomos leadership philosophy of partnering with the industry to pass legislation, overhaul antiquated regulations and implement business friendly policies to help this industry grow.
At the end of 2010, the SLA had a backlog of 750 pending applications, with average review times of 102 days. Today, that backlog is eliminated, with license applications being reviewed in 38 days on averagea 64 day improvement.
Chairman Rosen also participated in the Governor's Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summits, which spurred the enactment of legislation and regulatory changes to assist New Yorks growing alcohol manufacturing sector. As a result, since 2011, the number of farm-based craft manufacturers of distilled spirits, wine, beer and cider has risen 92%.
Chairman Rosen previously served for 27 years as an Assistant Attorney General with the New York State Office of the Attorney General. Prior to joining the Attorney Generals Office, he spent 10 years with the New York City Legal Aid Society. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and Harvard Law School.