The head of the State Liquor Authority shot his mouth off, joking at a public hearing that he would open fire on a noisy Greenwich Village restaurant if he lived nearby.
A lawyer for the Hudson Clearwater restaurant was seeking permission to extend the hours for its sidewalk cafe when SLA Chair Vincent Bradley started waving a photo of extra chairs stashed at the site.
“I’m assuming this is a one-family house here. You’re right in her front yard,” Bradley said during a meeting in Harlem.
“If my neighbor did that to me . . . I’d shoot him.”
SLA Commissioner Greeley Ford tried soften the remark, telling the lawyer, Joseph Levey, “He’s kidding.”
“Yeah, I’m kidding. I forgot I’m being taped,” added Bradley, who was appointed by Gov. Cuomo in 2015.
The remarks were made on Dec. 20, nearly two months before the massacre of 17 people at a Florida high school reignited a national gun-control debate.
“Clearly, this was an off-the-cuff remark that should not, and was not taken literally,” SLA spokesman William Crowley said.