When Barclays Center management released its response to the various stipulations that local community boards had placed upon the arena in return for supporting its application to the State Liquor Authority earlier this week, it set off a tempest with mention of the previously-undisclosed fact that bars and VIP areas within the arena planned to serve alcohol until as late as 2 a.m. on some nights. This made all the groups that had given conditional support feel like arena management was trying to pull a fast one and, reports Atlantic Yards Report this morning, resulted in a number of public officials banding together to make a joint statement about the duplicitous maneuvering in advance of two SLA hearings planned in the coming weeks.”We are acting to protect the rights of our Community Boards to protect the interests of our local residents and businesses,” said State Senator Velmanette Montgomery. “These serious omissions endanger the entire license application. They must be remedied.” In a joint letter with Council Member Letitia James, State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Assemblyman James Brennan, Montgomery asked the SLA to “divide the application and return the applications for premium seating areas. luxury boxes, clubs, restaurants, and any other tiered service variances for all events to Brooklyn Community Board 2 and Brooklyn Community Board 6.”
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