NY State Liquor Authority
The Long Island Food Council welcomes back the NYS Liquor Authority for yet another in-person industry event. The meeting will include a panel discussion with Chairman Vincent Bradley, the featured speaker, and his team. In addition, NYS Agriculture and Markets representatives as well as the Nassau and Suffolk County health departments will participate.
If your business deals with the manufacture, distribution, or sale of alcohol in New York this meeting is for you.
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Chairman Vincent Bradley –
Vincent Bradley has served as Chairman of the SLA since June 24, 2015, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency. Chairman Bradley most recently served for seven years as an Assistant Attorney General-In-Charge of the New York State Attorney General’s Poughkeepsie regional office, managing the operations of the office, overseeing attorneys and cases, serving as the regional Public Integrity Officer, and conducting investigations involving consumer protection, illegal business practices and fraud. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office, Bradley served for ten years as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, including three years in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York and later in the Labor Racketeering Unit of the New York County District Attorney’s Office, conducting complex white-collar criminal investigations. Bradley, formerly a Certified Public Accountant, previously worked for Deloitte and Touche, as a litigation associate at the New York based law firm Brown & Wood, LLP, and as Assistant Court Attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 3rd Department. Chairman Bradley received a bachelor’s degree in business administration majoring in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and holds a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.
NY State Liquor Authority
Shannon Kearney Sarfoh, General Counsel
Shannon Kearney Sarfoh was appointed General Counsel on January 19, 2023. In this role she oversees Counsel’s Office which provides legal support and advice to the agency including the Board, the Executive Team and all other bureaus. She comes to the SLA from the Office of Albany County District Attorney where she had served since 2001, having held the position of Special Victims Unit Chief since 2009. During her tenure there she prosecuted a wide variety of cases including homicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, property crimes, computer crimes and financial crimes. Before joining the District Attorney’s Office Shannon worked at the New York State Assembly. Shannon is a graduate of Siena College and received her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School.
William Crowley – Public Information Officer
Bill has served as the Public Information Officer for the New York State Liquor Authority for over a decade. Prior to joining the SLA, Bill served for three years as Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs at the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. Bill previously held positions as a Special Assistant in the Executive Chamber, as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform, as the Governor’s Briefer and as a Legislative Aide in the New York State Senate. Bill began his career in state government in the Department of Research and Statistics at the New York State Department of Labor. Bill is a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY
NY State Agriculture & Markets
Angela Montalbano – Assistant Director, Food Safety & Inspection
Angela is the Assistant Director for the division of Food Safety and Inspection for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. She began her career with the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Food Safety and Inspection in 1990. Angela began working in Brooklyn as a Food Inspector and was promoted to several positions within the division. Throughout her career, she has received numerous recognition awards from the department and external food safety associations.
Angela actively participates on the executive board of several food safety associations and numerous workgroups.
Angela participates as a subject matter expert on national food safety and training workgroups, including the National Curriculum Standards development.
Angela completed the one-year IFPTI (International Food Protection Training Institute) Fellowship in Leadership, Cohort 1 in 2010-2011.
John Arnold – Supervising Food Inspector
John Arnold has 28 years of experience with the Department of Agriculture & Markets primarily as a Food Inspector. He has worked in Kings, Richmond, Suffolk, Albany, and many other counties in New York State. I have managed the State’s Small and Exotic Animal Slaughterhouse program and the USDA Custom Exempt programs. I am currently a Supervising Food Inspector in Albany working on Policy and Special Projects.
Suffolk County Department of Health
Stephen Kane – Principal Public Health Sanitarian, Assistant Chief, Suffolk County Department of Health Services
Stephen Kane manages the Food Protection and Training & Plan Review Programs. He has worked for Suffolk County for 23 years in the Department’s Bureau of Public Health Protection. Stephen holds a B.Sc. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and is a certified NYDOH Food Service Inspection Officer.
Nassau County Department of Health
Danielle Mahoney – Director of the Office of Food Protection at the Nassau County Department of Health.
Danielle has been with the Department for 21 years as a Public Health Sanitarian. She spent most of her career at the Department as a Foodborne Illness Surveillance Officer and as a Supervisor.
Ira Cooperman – CPA, Partner, Marcum LLP
Ira Cooperman is an assurance partner in the Firm’s Melville office and a member of the Food & Beverage and Manufacturing & Distribution Services groups. He builds trusted relationships with clients, finding solutions to help achieve their goals related to business growth, increased profitability, succession planning, and internal control issue recommendations.
For more than 20 years, Ira has worked with manufacturing and distribution companies in the food and beverage and consumer products sectors. He advises companies on a range of financial matters in the food and beverage, industrial, pharmaceutical, and professional services industries, as well as private equity portfolio companies.
He also has a significant background in auditing employee benefit plans and is a member of the ESOP Association.
Ira graduated from State University of New York at Albany, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.
Event Panel Moderator
James Dunne – Attorney at Law
James possesses the knowledge of the intricacies of business matters across various industries (including but not limited to food and beverage / restaurant / bar / hotel / event, licensed professionals, business retailers, not-for-profits, manufacturing / industrial, contractors, trade industries, and more) at all phases of the business cycle, and the complexities of commercial real estate transactions, to ensure efficient and comprehensive representation.
In addition, James serves on the New York Supreme Court Roster of Commercial Division Mediators. James prides himself in bringing parties in dispute to a low-cost, time-efficient, and just solution.
James’ philosophy is to earn client trust by exceeding expectation and to dedicate himself to providing practical, informative, and attentive legal counsel at a reasonable fee. Growing up, James spent years working in and managing hospitality businesses. These invaluable experiences required a focus on providing distinctive quality service and a “customer first” attitude. Those same high standards and service-oriented priorities have remained instilled in him and are a focus of his law practice, which is part of what makes his practice successful and contributes to him cultivating long-term relationships with his valued clients.
James is also a Professor of Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy, Business Law and Hospitality Management at the undergraduate and MBA levels for over 25 years, and continues bringing his real-world practice experience to the classroom for the next generation of entrepreneurs and operations managers.