The State Liquor Authority consists of three Members, or Commissioners. When the Members meet to take an action, or render a decision, they are often referred to as “the Full Board” and the meetings as “Full Board meetings.” The Commissioners of the Authority are nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate for a term of three years. One of the Members is designated by the Governor to serve as the Chairman.
Since 2011 the Chairman is the only “full time” Member of the Authority. The two other Commissioners serve as “per diem” appointees. As a result of their “per diem” status, the two other Commissioners are not subject to all of the restrictions in the Public Officers Law (“POL”) that govern the activity of the Chairman and the staff of the Authority.
Acting together as the Full Board, the Members of the Authority are given certain statutory powers. The two most commonly exercised powers are: making determinations on applications for licenses and permits and taking disciplinary action against licensees and permit holders accused of violating the ABC Law or the Rules of the Authority. Other statutory powers of the Members of the Authority include:
- The ability to impose a moratorium on the issuance of certain types of licenses within the state or a political subdivision of the state;
- Restricting, at the request of a county’s legislative body, the hours of sale in that county; and
- Appointing advisory groups and committees to provide assistance to the Authority to carry out the purposes and objectives of the ABC Law.
Administrative control over the agency rests with the Chairman. The Chairman can perform any administrative duties that are not specifically vested by the ABC Law with the Full Board. Among the powers expressly given to the Chairman are: presiding over Full Board meetings; and prescribing the forms for license and permit applications.
In 2012, amendments were made to the provisions of the ABC Law regarding the respective powers of the Full Board and the Chairman. As a result, certain powers that had rested with the Full Board were shifted to the Chairman. Those powers include: hiring and firing staff; overseeing the Alcohol Training Awareness Program (discussed elsewhere in this document); and the submission of annual reports. In addition, the Chairman’s administrative powers were clarified to include budgetary and fiscal matters.
Chairman Vincent G. Bradley
Vincent Bradley was unanimously confirmed as Chairman of the State Liquor Authority (SLA) on June 24, 2015. As Chairman of the SLA, Mr. Bradley is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency. The SLA has two core statutory functions: properly issuing licenses and permits in a timely fashion and ensuring compliance with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law. The Chairman and the Commissioners of the SLA are responsible for creating policy, developing strategy, and directing initiatives that create a regulatory framework designed to efficiently, ethically, and professionally accomplish these functions. The Chairman and Commissioners also ensure the work of the agency harmonizes with the overall strategy and goals set by the Executive Chamber. In addition, the Chairman also presides over all Full Board meetings of the agency.
Chairman Bradley most recently served for seven years as an Assistant Attorney General-In-Charge of the New York State Attorney General's Poughkeepsie regional office. In addition to his role of managing the operations of the regional office and overseeing attorneys and cases, Bradley served as the regional Public Integrity Officer and also conducted investigations involving consumer protection, illegal business practices and fraud.
Prior to joining the Attorney General's office, Bradley served for ten years as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office. During his tenure, Bradley spent three years in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York investigating and prosecuting narcotics cases and later in the Labor Racketeering Unit of the New York County District Attorney’s Office, conducting complex white collar criminal investigations focusing on the construction and labor industries. While in the Labor Racketeering Unit, Bradley was a member of a team of three prosecutors who investigated, indicted and convicted a New York State Senator for conspiracy, bribe receiving, extortion and other related crimes.
Bradley, formerly a Certified Public Accountant, previously worked as a senior accountant for Deloitte and Touche, as a litigation associate at the New York based law firm Brown & Wood, LLP, and as Assistant Court Attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 3rd Department.
Chairman Bradley graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in business administration majoring in accountancy and holds a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. Bradley, a native and resident of Ulster County, lives in Kingston with his wife and two children.
Commissioner Lily M. Fan
On June 20, 2018, Lily M. Fan was unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate as Commissioner of the New York State Liquor Authority. Ms. Fan, a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, was born in Hong Kong and speaks fluent Cantonese. She is a New York City resident. She was appointed a member of Community Board 4 in Manhattan in 2015. She served as the Board’s Co-Secretary from 2016 to 2017.
Ms. Fan was previously a lawyer at the law firms of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP, specializing in white-collar criminal litigation and securities class actions. She also served as Legislative Counsel for the Standing Committee on Social Services in the New York State Senate in 2010.
Ms. Fan founded Scandobean Productions LLC, a theatrical and film production company, in 2010. She has been involved in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions since. In 2019, Ms. Fan won her first Tony Award as a Co-Producer of the new musical Hadestown. Ms. Fan was previously nominated for an Olivier Award for the new play Hand To God. Ms. Fan’s Weiner also received the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Ms. Fan is a Member of the Board of Advisors at the Yale School of Drama. She is the Treasurer to the Board of Directors of The Lillys, an advocacy organization that promotes gender parity on all levels of theatrical production. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee and the National Committee on United States-China Relations.
Commissioner Greeley T. Ford
On June 17, 2016, Commissioner Greeley T. Ford was unanimously confirmed by New York State Senate as Commissioner of the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA). Commissioner Ford comes to the SLA with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. Commissioner Ford began his career as one of the original staffers at Cellular One and currently serves as Senior Network Consulting Engineer for AT&T, part of the management team responsible for the design of wireless infrastructure all across Upstate New York and parts of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Ford, a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University with a degree in Speech Communications and Dramatic Arts, previously served as a Communications Director within the New York State Senate. Mr. Ford’s active community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Stanley Theater in Utica and previously serving as a member of the Oneida County Board of Ethics. Mr. Ford is also a professional musician, having performed or toured with national acts like the Beach Boys, the Kinks, Earth Wind and Fire, KC & the Sunshine Band amongst others and is the band leader and bass player for “Classified” in Central New York, voted number one band in the area in previous polls. Mr. Ford lives in Camden, NY with his wife and youngest son.
Senior Agency Staff
Gary Meyerhoff, General Counsel
Sharif Kabir, Executive Deputy Commissioner
Adam Roberts, Deputy Commissioner of Licensing
Joseph Finelli, Director of Enforcement
Thomas Donohue, Secretary to the Authority
Kimberly Ciccone, Director of Administration
William Crowley, Director of Public Affairs
Zone 1 - NYC
Franklin Englander, Supervising BCI, Enforcement
Zone 2 - Albany
Lisa Ogden, Deputy Counsel
Zone 3 - Buffalo
David L Edmunds Jr., Deputy Commissioner
Gary Bartikofsky, Supervising BCI, Enforcement