The New York State Liquor Authority has a new Geographic Information System called LAMP.
(Liquor Authority Mapping Project)
LAMP was launched in February of 2012.
What kind of information does LAMP provide?
- The adjudicated disciplinary history of a particular establishment.
- Any schools or churches that are near to a licensed or a potentially licensed establishment.
- Establishments of a certain geographic area that have either an active license or a pending application.
- Licensing process information
- Police precinct boundaries
In essence, users can find information about any New York bar, liquor store and restaurant, as well as establishments that sell beer or wholesale alcoholic beverages. Plus, you can find out if any disciplinary action has been taken by the State Liquor Authority against the licensee. Searching is easy, and you can look for establishments by the county, name of the licensee, address or business name.
Who does LAMP help?
Community board members, elected officials, law enforcement and licensees, as well as the general public.
However, there’s a bit of controversy over how much information the public can access. Posting any disciplinary actions that have been taken against an establishment may be bad for business, especially when people don’t understand what they’re reading.
For example, a bar could be fined for a fight on the premises. This doesn’t necessarily mean there was a brawl in the bar itself, though. The fight could have taken place outside the bar or even in a nearby parking lot, while still holding the licensee accountable.
As of early 2012, the State Liquor Authority has not addressed these concerns.
What do you think? Could LAMP be bad for business or is transparency good for everyone in the community?