The authority confirmed venues will not be able to extended their hours this year because New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday.
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Update [10 AM October 13]: The liquor authority confirmed the all-night permits will not be issued statewide this year because New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday.
The New York State Liquor Authority will not grant all-night permits this New Year's Eve, the authority confirmed to THUMP today. The special event permit, sometimes known as the New Year's Eve permit, allows clubs and bars to sell alcohol past last call (4 AM in New York City) until 8 AM. The new licensing rule has yet not been added to the NYSLA's website, but a spokesperson from the agency confirmed the decision over the phone to THUMP after reports surfaced online.
Last New Year's Eve, 249 venues had all-night permits across the state, while 305 did the year before, according to the news site New York Upstate. In the last few years there has been an overall downward trend in the number of all-night permits granted in New York. In 2009, 165 permits were issued to venues in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester for New Year's Eve, the New York Post reported. The year before that, the number was 388, while it was 439 in 2007.
The NYSLA was not able to confirm at the time of publication if the new rule applies just to New York City, or the whole state. THUMP will update this post as more information is available.