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Lawyer For Ferraro’s Husband Appeals Liquor License Denial

September 10, 1992

NEW YORK (AP) _ A lawyer for the the husband of U.S. Senate candidate Geraldine Ferraro said Wednesday he is appealing a local liquor board’s recommendation that his client be denied a restaurant liquor license.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted July 16 to refuse a license to John Zaccaro on grounds that his 1985 conviction for real estate fraud meant he was ″not a fit and proper person.″ The recommendation goes to the State Liquor Authority for a final ruling.

Zaccaro’s attorney, Charles Carreras, said he has already asked for a hearing on the action, which he called ″outrageous, totally political.″

He said Zaccaro’s guilty plea in the real estate fraud case did not legally disqualify him from holding a beverage license.

Richard Chernela, a spokesman for the New York State Liquor Authority, agreed, saying a misdemeanor is not normally grounds for such action. ″But they can deny you a license for any reason - if they don’t like the way you part your hair,″ he said.

In the 1985 case, Zaccaro admitted scheming to defraud two financial firms in a real estate deal that never was completed. He was sentenced to 150 hours of community service.

Ferraro, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Senate, wouldn’t comment. She was the first woman nominee by a major party for the vice presidency, running with Walter Mondale in 1984.

Her opponents in next Tuesday’s primary are state Attorney General Robert Abrams, New York City Comptroller Liz Holtzman and civil rights activist Al Sharpton. The winner faces two-term Republican incumbent Al D’Amato.

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