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Nyack Pour House Liquor License Suspended

Nyack, July 6 — The most popular bar in Nyack won’t be serving alcohol until further notice. The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) has suspended the liquor license for the Nyack Pour House for serving alcohol to minors. The suspension will remain in effect until the owners appear in court at an expedited administrative law hearing.
The SLA moved swiftly to lift the liquor license at the bar after a June 30 undercover operation found 13 minors were served alcohol by Pour House bartenders. “Effective immediately, no alcohol may be sold or consumed on the premises,” wrote the SLA in a July 5, 2017  press release.

On June 30, 2017, SLA Investigators and the Orangetown Police Department conducted a joint underage operation based on multiple complaints of sales to minors. Investigators 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.
On July 5, 2017, the SLA charged the Pour House with fifteen violations, including thirteen 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 an assault on June 18, 2017. Police report an altercation where a man was struck in the head with a bottle and assaulted inside the premises. The victim was transported to Nyack Hospital after an eyewitness called police stating the victim was escorted out of the bar following the assault, with the licensee failing to report the incident. — 7/5/2017 SLA Press Release

The suspension was ordered following a special meeting of the full board of the SLA in July. “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 New York State Liquor Authority Counsel Christopher R. Riano. “We will continue work with the Orangetown Police and our partners in law enforcement across the state to hold licensees accountable.”
Selling alcohol to minors is not the first controversy Pour House has been embroiled in. The bar has been the subject of complaints from residents, elected officials and other business owners for several years. The June 30 sting followed a June 3 charge by the Orangetown Police and the SLA for selling alcohol to two 17-year-old underage agents. Following Superstorm Sandy in the fall of 2012, the Pour House was among several bars that clashed with Nyack’s elected officials during a state of emergency regarding a ban on selling alcohol until power and street lights could be restored to the village.
The Pour House, located at 102 Main Street in Nyack’s downtown, 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.
Photo Credit: ©2013 alison perry

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