Albany, NY – The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) today summarily suspended the license of Pellicano Enterprises Inc., doing business as the “River Street Pub” at 194 River Street in Troy. The suspension was ordered by Chairman Vincent Bradley and Commissioner Greeley Ford at a special meeting of the Full Board on January 30, 2019. Effective immediately, no alcohol may be sold or consumed on the premises.
On January 22, 2019, shortly after 1:00 am, officers from the Troy Police Department were called to St. Mary’s Urgent Care in response to a victim who sustained a gunshot wound to his stomach and leg. While the victim was uncooperative with police, two persons interviewed reported the shooting took place inside the River Street Pub.
Troy Police immediately responded to premises, finding the front doors locked with patrons still inside the bar. When officers attempted to enter through the rear of the building, they encountered an employee exiting through the back door who was ordered multiple times to not reenter the premises. The employee ignored police orders, reentering the premise and locking the door. Approximately one minute later, a second male exiting the back door was ordered to get on his knees with his hands on his head, as officer were responding to a potential active shooter in the area. The male, later identified as owner Vincenzo Pellicano, complied with the officer’s commands.
Officers entered the premises finding two employees, in addition to four patrons and Mr. Pellicano inside the bar. Officers discovered one area of the floor around the pool table had been recently washed down, noting a strong smell of bleach. While Mr. Pellicano denied that any disturbance had occurred, one patron stated that an incident had occurred outside the bar, while another patron indicated an altercation that began inside continued out onto the street. Officers subsequently discovered a gun shell casing on the floor inside the bar, and concluded the victim was shot inside the pub.
On January 25th, the SLA charged the River Street Pub with operating a disorderly premise. During the suspension period the SLA intends to seek the permanent cancelation or revocation of the license.
“Not only did this owner fail to report this serious incident to police, he also denied the shooting took place and deliberately attempted to conceal evidence,” said Counsel to the Authority Christopher R. Riano. “Licensees have an obligation to their patrons and their
community to work with police when incidents like this occur, and I thank our partners with the Troy Police and the members of the Authority for immediately shutting down this establishment.”
The River Street Pub was previously fined $2,000 in December 2014 by the SLA for charges relating to a slashing assault that occurred directly outside the bar. Based on a referral from the Troy Police, a fight that began inside the bar on July 12, 2014 spilled out onto the street, where a male victim was slashed with a broken bottle. Troy PD were summoned to the bar in response to a 911 call from the slashing victim, and report that no employee from the bar called to report the incident. As with the recent shooting, police report observing an area of the bar floor had been washed down. The Troy PD, in addition the SLA, reminded the bar owner of his responsibility to report all violent incidents to the police.
More recently on March 21, 2016 the River Street Pub was issued a formal “letter of advice” from the Authority regarding operating a disorderly premise and selling to a visibly intoxicated patron. On February 25, 2016, the Troy PD were called to the bar in response to a fight involving several individuals. Police report a patron was removed from the bar by Mr. Pellicano, after which the patron attempted to reenter the bar, was taken to the ground by the owner and kicked by an unknown male. The patron, who the owner described as highly intoxicated, fled the scene shortly before police arrived.
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.
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