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Dennis Rosen

Chairman RosenIn addition to serving as one of the three Commissioners of the New York State Liquor Authority, Chairman Rosen presides over all meetings of the Authority and is responsible for the administration of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.  The SLA has two core statutory functions: properly issuing licenses and permits in a timely fashion and ensuring compliance with the Alcoholic Beverage Control law.  The Chairman and the Commissioners of the SLA are responsible for creating policy, developing strategy, and directing initiatives that create a regulatory framework designed to accomplish these goals.

Chairman Rosen previously served as an Assistant Attorney General with the New York State Office of the Attorney General for 27 years.  He was initially assigned to the Attorney General’s World Trade Center office, and, in 1983, transferred to the Buffalo office. His practice at the Attorney General’s Office primarily involved bringing civil enforcement actions and criminal prosecutions in the areas of consumer and investment fraud.  Many of his civil cases resulted in substantial restitution to large numbers of defrauded consumers. For example, in a case involving investments that were sold nationwide in a fraudulent payphone business, he recovered over $6 million for over 400 defrauded New Yorkers. His criminal cases included successful prosecutions of attorneys, stockbrokers, insurance agents, telemarketers and home improvement contractors.

From September, 2005 to December, 2006, Chairman Rosen was the lead attorney in an historic statewide investigation by the Attorney General into widespread violations of New York State laws regulating the sale of wine and spirits. The investigation concluded with many of the liquor industry's largest wholesalers, manufacturers, and retailers agreeing to court orders which fined them a total of $4.6 million. The orders also ended various "pay-to-play" practices that created an uneven playing field which had placed the companies that followed the law at a competitive disadvantage.

During his tenure in the Attorney General’s Office, Chairman Rosen also organized and participated in innumerable outreach events and community forums dealing with a wide range of subjects, including consumer protection, investment fraud, tenants' rights, and civil rights.  Chairman Rosen was awarded the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial award for outstanding performance at the OAG in 1997, 2002, and 2007.  He has also received the U.S. Department of Justice’s Certificate of Commendation for outstanding performance in the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee Program.

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Chairman Rosen spent 10 years with the New York City Legal Aid Society: serving in the Juvenile Rights and Criminal Defense Divisions.

The Chairman is a graduate of Brooklyn College and Harvard Law School.  He was admitted to the Bar in 1973.  He and his wife have been married for 34 years, and have two children. 

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