THE 6 IN 60 LAW
Signed in 2010 by then Governor Patterson, the legislation intended to make it easier for the state to take action against problem bars and clubs. The measure established a clear legal standard – six incidents reported by the police in a 60 day period – to determine when an establishment has become a “focal point” for law enforcement.
BILL NUMBER S7378A: Provides for the revocation of a liquor license for cause upon a sixth incident reported to the authority of noise, disturbance, misconduct or disorder upon or related to the operation of the licensed premises.
Section 1 of the bill would add a new subdivision 4 to Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Law § 118 to create a rebuttable presumption that a licensed premises has become a focal point for police attention upon the occurrence of the sixth incident reported to the State Liquor Authority (SLA) of noise or disturbance on or about the licensed premises or relating to the conduct of its patrons in any 60 day period.
It is 2018, the 6 in 60 Law is not being fully utilized or implemented by the NYPD & NY SLA:
“For too long, our communities have been kept up at all hours of the night by a few nightlife operators who fail to control noise and unruly crowds. This new law gives police officers the tools they need to protect our communities against those who repeatedly violate the law. I thank Assembly Member Schimminger for his hard work in pushing for this legislation, as well as Governor Paterson for signing the bill into law.”
(Senator Daniel Squadron, 2010)
"We write regarding the enforcement of a law meant to address non-criminal complaints emanating from liquor licensed establishments (the “6 in 60” law). Based on concerns brought up by our local community boards and constituents, we are concerned that the NYPD currently may not be enforcing this law appropriately… We appreciate that NYPD personnel met with us to open a dialogue to address enforcement issues. We are requesting your help to schedule a follow-up meeting to tackle this problem systematically… (T)here have been previous attempts to proactively address the implementation of this quality-of-life tool. We hope that we can count on the NYPD as a partner as we move forward. The “6 in 60” law is meant to identify the small number of establishments that are a persistent problem while balancing the needs of residents and small businesses."
(Senator Daniel Squadron, 2015)