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Public Safety & Quality of Life

55 West 55th Street, Maku Rest Inc., application for a transfer of an on-premises liquor license.

WHEREAS, Maku Rest Inc., has notified CB5 of their intent to file for the transfer of a liquor license for the premises at 55 West 55th Street; and

WHEREAS, CB5 has received numerous serious complaints in writing and via email regarding the present operation at 55 West 55th Street, and a resident representing the community attended the Public Safety/Quality of Life Committee meeting on Monday, July 7, 2008, in order to present the complaints in person to both the applicant and the community board; and

WHEREAS, A letter was received from the applicant's attorney requesting that this case be postponed to July 2008; and

WHEREAS, The applicant/attorney was reminded again a week before the committee meeting that his presence was requested on July 7, 2008; and

WHEREAS, Neither the applicant, Maku Rest Inc. (Kurtishi Madrit), nor the attorney (Henry Warokomski) attended the above referenced committee meeting; and

WHEREAS, The complaints (some appear to be obvious violations) were not able to be dealt with since the committee was not able to receive any information or answers to questions due to the applicant's/attorney's absence; and

WHEREAS, A letter outlining those complaints will be sent to the State Liquor Authority, pertinent City agencies, etc., along with a copy of this resolution, requesting clarification/information; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the transfer of the on-premises liquor license for Maku Rest Inc., for the premises at 55 West 55th Street.

The above resolution passedby a vote of 27 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstention.

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