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NYC’s Adams Seeks to Cut Liquor License Fee, Host FIFA World Cup

  • Mayor unveils proposals in post-pandemic recovery plan
  • Promotes digital game development, culture and cannabis


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New York City Mayor Eric Adams wants to suspend a 25% surcharge on liquor licenses to help restaurants and bars that are still struggling after the pandemic and host the world soccer championship as part of an economic recovery plan he unveiled Thursday.

Adams plans to work with the City Council to first pass a two-year suspension of the surcharge, a fee levied on top of charges from the New York State Liquor Authority, according to the mayor’s 63-page economic recovery blueprint. The city is also trying to expedite new liquor licenses and streamline the application process.