DeLissio hosts public meeting over nuisance bars and Stop N Go establishments

PHILADELPHIA, April 7 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., co-hosted on Thursday a meeting on the issues relating to nuisance establishments that sell alcohol and how they impact surrounding blocks and neighborhoods. 

Both state and local government agencies were gathered to share their respective roles in combatting this issue.   

“This is an issue that has plagued Philadelphia neighborhoods for decades, and despite concerted community efforts it has been difficult, if not impossible, to get liquor licenses suspended or revoked,” DeLissio said. “The members of the Philadelphia Delegation of the PA House are conducting a series of these meetings across the city over the next few weeks. Delegation members will then compile and share all of the information and work to identify a meaningful pathway forward with the goal to ensure that liquor licenses are suspended or revoked timely when warranted.”

DeLissio hosted a similar meeting in November 2015 on the topic, which, like Thursday's, included a broad array of city and state agencies that interact with establishments holding liquor licenses. This time, she said, there is a broader group of colleagues similarly engaged in the dialogue and she is hopeful that, at the very least, state and local agencies will work more cooperatively together, and if need be, local and state policy can be proposed to help ameliorate this plague.

Among the testifiers were officers from the Philadelphia Police Department, personnel from Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the Philadelphia Health Department, the Philadelphia License and Inspection Department and the Roxborough Development Corporation, and a statement was received from the Community Action Group, among others.