Shooting results in re-suspension of Schenectady club's liquor license
Updated 9:56 p.m.
SCHENECTADY A shooting at Club Illusion earlier this month has brought another suspension of the club’s liquor license, city police said Wednesday.
The club, at 2 Argyle Place, off Erie Boulevard, was the scene of a large fight early Jan. 20, during which shots were fired inside the club. One patron was later admitted to Albany Medical Center with a non-life-threatening wound to the leg. No arrests have been reported.
City police needed assistance from other police agencies to disperse the crowd and secure the scene.
The club had just reopened following a previous liquor license suspension, police said. That suspension lasted 15 days and was the culmination of various events, including fights and assaults, police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said. He said the bar didn’t hire proper security to ensure its patrons were safe.
“Obviously there are significant concerns with their ability to operate in the city,” McCracken said.
Club Illusion is accused of five violations of state Alcoholic Beverage Control Law in the new case. The club was served with the new suspension Wednesday. The liquor license suspension was called an emergency action by the state Liquor Authority, which approved the suspension the same day it was served.
The previous 15-day suspension resulted in the club paying a $10,000 fine for eight violations involving noise and violence.
Club Illusion’s owners are entitled to an expedited hearing on the new suspension before an administrative law judge. The suspension will remain in place in the meantime.
“The SLA will not tolerate violent bars that drain city resources,” authority Chairman Dennis Rosen said in a statement. “This should serve as a message that this agency will not hesitate to take immediate action when a bar poses a threat to public health and safety.”
In announcing the suspension, city police said it is part of an ongoing effort by the Liquor Authority and police to deal with establishments that refuse to comply with local laws and statutes. Police noted prior shutdowns, including the Mason’s Club and Club XI, as other examples of the effort.
The Mason’s Club, at 548 Schenectady St., was shut down in November, a month after a man was killed outside the club. The club was found to be operating without the required city certificate.
Also in November, Club XI was shut down and its liquor license pulled after a brawl resulted in two stabbings. That club, at 11 N. Broadway, had been open for only a month and a half.