ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- The New York State Liquor Authority announced Thursday what it called an "emergency" suspension of the license of the Nyack Pour House, located on 102 Main St. and operated by Main Street LLC.
The move comes after the establishment failed to report an incident in which a customer was assaulted with a bottle as well as numerous reported incidents of serving alcohol to minors.
The liquor license suspension, effective immediately, means no alcohol may be sold or consumed on the premises. It was ordered by Members of the SLA, Chairman Vincent Bradley and Commissioner Greeley Ford at a special meeting of the Full Board on Wednesday, July 5.
SLA Investigators and the Orangetown Police Department conducted a joint underage operation based on multiple complaints of sales to minors on June 30 and discovered a total of 18 minors entering the premises with fake IDs, with 13 minors signing statements admitting purchasing alcohol from a bartender and three stating they obtained alcohol from other patrons.
The Pour House was previously charged with selling to two 17-year-old underage agents during a joint operation conducted on June 3 by the SLA, the New York State Police and the Orangetown Police. That case is pending.
On Wednesday, the SLA formally charged the Pour House with 15 violations, including 13 charges of selling to a minor and one charge for failure to supervise the premises.
Additionally, the bar was charged with one count of disorderly premises based on a referral from the Orangetown PD reporting the June 18 bottle assault.
“Cracking down on underage sales is a priority and the SLA will not hesitate in taking licenses away from those who put profits above public safety,” said Counsel to the SLA, Christopher R. Riano. “We will continue work with the Orangetown Police and our partners in law enforcement across the state to hold licensees accountable.”
The State Administrative Procedure Act authorizes a State agency to summarily suspend a license when the agency finds that public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action.
When the SLA summarily suspends a license, it also serves a Notice of Pleading alleging one or more disciplinary violations. In invoking a summary suspension, the SLA has deemed the violation to be sufficiently serious upon initial review to warrant an immediate suspension.
The SLA’s decision to summarily suspend a license is not a final determination on the merits of the case. The licensee is entitled to an expedited administrative law hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. An order of summary suspension remains in effect until such time as it is modified by the SLA or a reviewing court.