Albany, NY – The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) summarily suspended the license of Angels of the World Inc., a strip club located at 32-17 College Point Boulevard in the Flushing today. The suspension was ordered by Chairman Vincent Bradley, Commissioner Lily Fan, and Commissioner Greeley Ford at a meeting of the Full Board on January 23, 2019. Effective immediately, no alcohol may be sold or consumed on the premises. During the suspension period the SLA intends to seek the permanent cancelation or revocation of the license.
On January 19th the two patrons were shot following a dispute beginning inside the club. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) reports that video surveillance from the bar shows an altercation in front of the bar involving several patrons, including the shooting victims. Moments later, in response to a 911 call, NYPD officers found two shooting victims inside a car parked nearby the club, one with two wounds to the head and another with a gunshot wound in the back. A third occupant of the car fled the scene and was apprehended by the police. NYPD officers also retrieved a loaded handgun from the vehicle, charging the two patrons with criminal possession of a weapon.
This incident is just the latest in a series of violent incidents emanating from Angels. On October 1, 2018, a 25-year-old male exiting the club was pursued by four men who slammed into his car, pulled him from the vehicle and fatally shot in the chest. Following this incident, the SLA suspended the license for Angels from October 4th to December 19, 2018, and fined the establishment $30,000. Additionally, as a condition of the settlement, the bar was prohibited from using promoters and closing hours were restricted to 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends.
According to the NYPD, since reopening the club continues to use promoters and has again become a drain on police resources. On January 22, 2019 the SLA charged Angels with four violations, including operating a disorderly premise, failure to supervise, failure to conform to their license and for becoming a focal point for police attention.
“This club is a drain police resources and continues to pose a serious threat to the surrounding neighborhood,” said Counsel to the Authority Christopher R. Riano. “Despite continued warnings, a suspension and $30,000 in fines, this licensee has demonstrated they are incapable of operating a safe, lawful establishment.”
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.
On the Web: www.sla.ny.gov
# # #