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Shutting them down

Problem Schenectady bars being closed

7 establishments accounted for more than 1,000 calls in two years

Club Illusion at 2 Argyle Place in Schenectady is seen Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Club Illusion at 2 Argyle Place in Schenectady is seen Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.
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Police were called to seven bars more than 1,000 times in the past two years before officers finally managed to shut them down. A new initiative against “problem bars” has successfully closed six of the seven, and the seventh — Orchids — is facing a hearing in which its liquor license may be revoked, Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett said. “One-thousand-plus police calls. Absolutely incredible,” he said. “Nothing else came anywhere close.” Police say two ...

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