Nyack Bar Owners To Meet Village Officials Friday

They're upset over the alcohol ban. The meeting is in front of the village hall at 10:30 a.m. and they've invited all businesses, employees and residents to come


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Despite a ban on alcohol in the Village of Nyack, there are a few bars around town that have refused to fall in line and are serving patrons drinks.

For the safety of Nyack residents, the village put in place an alcohol ban that started Wednesday night and is ongoing until all street and traffic lights have been restored, according to Mayor Jen Laird-White. Restaurants are allowed to serve food until 10 p.m.

On the village website, it reads:

The Mayor and Village Board has ordered that the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages (as defined by Section 3 of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, but not included in patented medicines) is prohibited within the Village until further notice.

This is due to the fact there are no street lights and excessive demands on the police force to handle priority issues in the aftermath of the hurricane.

This policy was effective as of 1pm on Oct 31, 2012. 

Some business and bar owners are furious, saying that they’re devastated, not because of the storm, but because of the village’s actions.

“In my 38 years here (as a Nyack business owner), we’ve had state of emergencies, devastations, my business has been flooded and had no power, but in the past, we opened anyway by candlelight,” said Marianne Olive, owner of Olive’s and Sour Kraut in Nyack. “Businesses were open and everyone was calm.”

“What (the Village of Nyack) is doing is suspending our liquor license,” said Rob Lewis, owner of O'Donoghues Tavern and part-owner of Pour House in Nyack. “(White) has no right to do that. People are sitting in the dark and can’t go out to have a meal and a drink.”

Lewis and Olive and other business and bar owners in Nyack met with White on Thursday evening to address their concerns. They say it was an “unproductive meeting (because) we’re still banned from serving alcohol indefinitely” and have scheduled a public meeting with the village on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. in front of the village hall.

“We’d like to invite all businesses, employees, the customers of these businesses and the residents to come out to this meeting,” said Olive.

“I did some research and prohibition was repealed in 1933,” said Lewis. “This is an abuse of power.”

White said that the village has the authority to have the ban by the village attorney and Orangetown PD because of the current conditions of the village caused by Hurricane Sandy.

He added that he lost his entire food stock and his businesses are hurting more each day this ban continues.

“We’re angry because we’re losing several thousand dollars everyday and we’ve never been forced to close or a ban on alcohol before,” said Lewis.

“I’ve lost $30,000-35,000 worth of food, $10,000 in beer and kegs, I have 40 employees who all need to get paid and want to work,” said Olive. “(The mayor) is not a business owner, none of the village trustees are business owners, so they don’t understand what we’re going through.” 

Richard Kavesh November 03, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Why don't you stick to the issues instead of getting stuck in the politics of personal destruction? But since you made this personal, I'm frankly honored that you would think enough of me and my ideas to take the trouble to create an ID named after me -- thought that sort of thing was reserved for lunatics on the right towards Obama. Proud to be in his company.
Carlo Pellegrini November 04, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Johnson...I think you may have missed the point. You have every right to have a beer in your own home. But if you own a bar or restaurant that serves alcohol, and it was two days ago, you did not have the privilege of selling a beer to a patron after 10pm. You can thank the Mayor for saving you from people who are known to drink too much at several establishments downtown who cannot act as responsibly as you might...who, while under the influence, might decide to get in their car and drive through a pitch black downtown and maybe, just maybe, run into you and your family (if you have one), or you and your friends. I believe genuine thank you's are in order for the Mayor of Nyack, not your sarcasm.
Johnson November 04, 2012 at 07:06 AM
After reading your post, yes, I have totally missed the point. Thank you.
Cathy November 12, 2012 at 10:41 PM
I think the bar and restaurants in Nyack better start concentrating on throwing out ALL the spoiled food from the power outage! Many of the restaurants are serving sour and dangerous food. The mayor should concentrate on getting inspectors into these kitchens and making sure all the bad food is thrown away!
Cathy November 12, 2012 at 10:48 PM
I agree! Here is your big goverment! Enjoy!


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