NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Councilman James Vacca says it’s like spit in the ocean, the number of state liquor authority agents assigned to all of New York City.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane On The Story

According to a Daily News report, it amounts to 11 for 35,000 bars and nightclubs.

“All city an state agencies, of course, have to do more with less during these tough fiscal times, I think the state liquor authority. when it comes to inspections, is doing less with less,” Vacca told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane on Wednesday.

For case referrals, Vacca says the agency has come to rely upon the NYPD which itself has fewer personnel than just a few years ago.

“I cannot remember a time when I’ve seen a state liquor authority inspector checking underage drinking compliance. I can tell you that the efforts of the New York City police department are to applauded,” said Vacca.

He says the agency has long been understaffed and agents need to be out there in force, and invisible.

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