Madison Square Garden Owner Feuds With Part-Time Liquor Inspector
The cloak-and-dagger antics in Queens signal an escalation in the battle between a state agency and James Dolan, the owner of the arena, with millions at stake.
Dolan is acting like a maniac. This is wild behavior.
Charles Stravalle, a New York State Liquor Authority investigator and retired police captain, knows when he’s being followed. And the black Chevrolet had been on his tail all day.
Even when he got home to Queens, after some 100 miles on the road, the Chevrolet’s driver remained camped out in front of his house with a camera.
Mr. Stravalle called the police, who later pulled over the private detective on the Long Island Expressway, according to an account Mr. Stravalle gave to the New York Department of State, which regulates members of the profession.
This shit right here. This is the shit his nut huggers can't defend. You're telling me he's within his rights to ban whoever he wants? Bullshit. If he was he would let his lawyers handle everything. But he's throwing a tantrum acting like a wanna be gangster because the law isn't in his favor.
Fuck it man I’m rooting for them to strip MSG of their liquor license. I don’t need $18 beers to enjoy sports or concerts, for one - I frankly am better off saving the money. And I hope they stick it to this jerkoff. He’s a rich bully born into money who has done next to nothing for this city.
The article didn’t provide this context but the greater feud here is the city has been pleading with Dolan to move MSG across from Hudson Yards over the rail yard so they can make Penn Station a word class train station.
Engineers and developers have kind of thrown up their hands and said they can’t make Penn great as is sitting below the arena. MSG historically has moved a few times so this wouldn’t be unprecedented.
The Madison Square Garden Corporation needs to start paying property tax which they have not since I think 1982. 42 million dollars a year. Why are they exempt? The Yankees, Mets, Nets all pay taxes.
It’s really hard to make the ethically sketchy state liquor authority look like the good guys, the way they’ll jump to it if a friend of the governor gets an application denied, while making legit businesses wait months and years for licenses…
…but damned if Dolan hasn’t been doing his best to play the heel. At first I thought the SLA was jerking Dolan around but daaamn.
He throws a lot of money around in politics, you’d think he’d know how things work and would know better than to poke the bear.
If you’re going to be a shit custodian of the Knicks at least be a halfway decent person.
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