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Mayor John Lewis Leads the Charge to Strengthen License Checks and Uphold Community Safety


Contact: City of Mt. Vernon
              Kendra Donoho

Mayor John Lewis Leads the Charge to Strengthen License Checks and Uphold Community Safety

Mt. Vernon, January 9, 2024 - In a resolute effort to maintain the highest standards of responsible alcohol sales within the City, Mayor John Lewis, also serving as the liquor commissioner, recently convened crucial meetings with the owners of five local establishments. The meetings aimed to address the concerning issue of failing license checks and establish a framework for stricter compliance.
Mayor John Lewis, known for his unwavering commitment to the well-being of Mt. Vernon, expressed his deep concern regarding the recent lapses in license checks. "We have a responsibility to ensure that our community remains safe and secure," Mayor Lewis emphasized. "By taking proactive measures to address these issues, we can protect our residents and foster an environment of responsible alcohol consumption."
The meetings, held at City Hall, centered around reinforcing the importance of adhering to license regulations and implementing effective strategies to prevent future violations.
As a result of these meetings, Mayor John Lewis announced establishments in violation of license checks will face strict penalties from the liquor commissioner. A first offense will result in a penalty of $1,000, while a second offense will incur a more substantial penalty of $2,500.
To set an example and demonstrate the city's commitment to upholding these regulations, Knuckleheads Bar and Grill, The Corner Tavern, and The Spot Tavern have received a $1,000 fine each for their first offense. Times Square Liquors North and Times Square Liquors West, unfortunately, faced a second offense and have been fined $2,500 each.
Mayor John Lewis expressed his hope that these penalties will serve as a deterrent and encourage all local establishments to prioritize responsible alcohol sales. "We value the contributions of our local businesses and their commitment to our community," Mayor Lewis affirmed. "By working together, we can ensure that Mt. Vernon remains a safe and welcoming place for all."
Moving forward, the City of Mt. Vernon will continue to monitor license checks meticulously, ensuring that all establishments comply with the highest standards of responsible alcohol sales.
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