NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT
September 24, 2009
IN RE AJK CAF&EACUTE;, INC., PETITIONER,
NEW YORK STATE LIQUOR AUTHORITY, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.
Determination of respondent New York State Liquor Authority, dated November 26, 2008, finding petitioner in violation of 9 NYCRR 48.3 by employing an unlicensed security guard and imposing a $2,500 civil penalty, and an alternative penalty of a 15-day suspension of petitioner's liquor license plus a $1,000 bond forfeiture, unanimously confirmed, the petition denied and the proceeding brought pursuant to CPLR article 78 (transferred to this Court by order of Supreme Court, New York County [Joan B. Lobis, J.], entered March 4, 2009) dismissed, without costs.
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Tom, J.P., Sweeny, McGuire, DeGrasse, Freedman, JJ.
Substantial evidence, including the testimony of a detective who performed a business inspection of petitioner's bar, established that petitioner was in violation of 9 NYCRR 48.3 by employing an unlicensed security guard. Petitioner offered no testimony or other admissible proof to support its positon that the subject employee worked as a busboy and that the investigating detectives mistook him for a security guard. There is, therefore, no basis to disturb the credibility findings of the ALJ (see Matter of CafÉ La China Corp. v New York State Liq. Auth., 43 AD3d 280, 281 ).
The penalty imposed does not shock our sense of fairness (see Matter of Pell v Board of Educ. of Union Free School Dist. No. 1 of Towns of Scarsdale & Mamaroneck, Westchester County, 34 NY2d 222, 233 ).
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
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