SE Queens Councilman refuses bribe to support liquor store near school (9.17.13)

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SE Queens Councilman Donovan Richards called the authorities after turning down a cash bribe by businessmen seeking his influence on a liquor store license application, a move that eventually lead to three arrests and bribery charges, the Department of Investigation announced Friday.

According to state law, a liquor store cannot open within 200 feet of an educational facility. The liquor store itself, located inside the new shopping mall-style building, would have exceeded that distance. Regardless, the site’s close proximity to a high school left the community feeling uneasy.

FULL ARTICLE: Queens Courier