SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen Jumps Ship to Become Medicaid Inspector General Under Gov. Cuomo

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 at 5:15 am by
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Just when the neighborhood began to develop a true rapport, the proverbial rug is pulled out.

Currently in his second term, Governor Cuomo has been busy bolstering his ranks. Last week saw a third round of appointments to various state jobs and committee posts. According to a report in the New York Times, it appears that State Liquor Authority Chairman Dennis Rosen is leaving his five-year post to become New York State’s Medicaid inspector general. However, he will reportedly remain in place until a successor is annointed.

On a more hyperlocal level, though, the bureaucratic shakeup has some in the community worried about the vacuum upon his departure. Indeed, community organizations had finally gotten through to him about the over-saturation of liquor licenses on the Lower East Side, Hell Square in particular. Will the replacement recognize the problems?

Rosen served as Chairman of the SLA since 2009, having replaced Daniel Boyle.

UPDATE: The LES Dwellers, who worked closely with Rosen, submitted the following statement regarding his promotion…

Unlike his predecessors, Chairman Rosen has allowed residents throughout the city to establish a rapport with the SLA by encouraging residents to file complaints and raise concerns directly with the Authority. Previously, residents felt disenfranchised given that their valid complaints registered to 311, local community boards and police precincts were not always given the attention they deserved.

We hope Chairman Rosen’s replacement will continue his vision and commitment to improving the agency, moving it forward with modern technology tools while maintaining  his senior staff all of whom have been instrumental in the recent successes at the New York State Liquor Authority.

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