Fitzgerald/Kinsey host public meeting on 'Stop-and-Go' issues

PHILADELPHIA, March 23 – Philadelphia state Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald and Stephen Kinsey today hosted a public meeting on the issues relating to stop-and-go establishments that sell alcohol and how they impact surrounding communities. 

"This is an opportunity to address this issue head on. Bringing everyone together under one roof allows concerns to be addressed and provides an avenue for all of us to be part of the solution," Fitzgerald said. "I remain committed to working with local and state agencies and organizations to reverse the negative trend of consequences associated with the nuisance establishments that are taking advantage of the state's liquor laws."

In addition to discussing the effect of these stop-and-go establishments on a state level, the public meeting also addressed how these stores may disrupt local communities.

"Overwhelmingly, this boils down to a public safety issue. The residents of northwest Philadelphia, south Philadelphia, northeast Philadelphia and the entire city deserve to live their lives without the problems caused by stop-and-go issues," Kinsey said. "I am encouraged by the actions taken today to ensure that we continue the conversation on how we can answer the public's call to provide them with the best quality of life as possible."

Among the testifiers were Inspector Anthony L. Washington, Northwest Police Division commanding officer and personnel from Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

“The PLCB is grateful for the opportunity to explain our role in licensing establishments that sell alcohol,” said Tisha Albert, director of regulatory affairs. “We are open to exploring new ways we can continue to work with those who enforce the liquor laws, including the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement and local authorities in Philadelphia, to appropriately address illegal activity.”

This meeting is the first of several to be held by members of the Philadelphia Delegation.