New York City Police Department, New York State Liquor Authority

 

Skip to Content

Login   Subscribe   Site Index   Contact Us   Google Translate™

NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

Taxpayers' Guide to State and Local Audits

New York City Police Department
New York State Liquor Authority
Responsiveness to Noise Complaints Related to New York City Nightlife Establishments


Issued: February 4, 2020
Link to full audit report 2019-F-36

Objective
To determine the extent of implementation of the recommendations in our initial audit report, Responsiveness to Noise Complaints Related to New York City Nightlife Establishments (Report 2016-S-37).

About the Program
Our initial report, which was issued on June 9, 2017, examined whether the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) had effectively addressed noise complaints related to nightlife establishments in New York City (NYC). The audit found that the NYPD’s and the SLA’s efforts to communicate and coordinate noise mitigation strategies and tactics with each other were limited. In addition, the SLA did not access and analyze pertinent data from NYC’s 311 system and, as a result, certain establishments with numerous noise complaints lodged against them continued to operate with little or no notice from public oversight authorities to address such complaints. Further, the audit found that when the SLA took action against establishments with high levels of complaints, they were primarily due to violations other than those related to noise. Moreover, the NYPD used its resources to respond to the same locations hundreds of times a year, often with little or no apparent effect on the numbers of complaints.

Key Findings

  • NYPD officials made some progress in addressing the problems we identified in the initial audit report. Of the initial report’s two recommendations to NYPD, one was implemented and one was not implemented.
  • We found that SLA officials did not address the problems we identified in the initial audit report. Of the initial report’s two recommendations to SLA, neither have been implemented.

Key Recommendation
Officials are given 30 days after the issuance of the follow-up report to provide information on any actions that are planned to address the unresolved issues discussed in this report.


State Government Accountability Contact Information:
Audit Director: Kenrick Sifontes
Phone: (212) 417-5200; Email: StateGovernmentAccountability@osc.state.ny.us
Address: Office of the State Comptroller; Division of State Government Accountability; 110 State Street, 11th Floor; Albany, NY 12236