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Washed away

Union Inn closes down

Owner blames water damage from neighbor

The Union Inn in Schenectady  is closed due to water damage.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
The Union Inn in Schenectady is closed due to water damage.
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The Union Inn, drowned in rainwater and mud, has finally given up the fight. It closed last week, out of money and full of water. Owner Joyce Fordham said she has still not been paid for the damage she believes was caused by drainage problems from her new neighbor. Developer Christopher Maddalone owns an apartment building next to the bar, and his insurance company wrote a letter last year saying the drainage problem was caused ...


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joycemadre
June 1, 2014
8:56 a.m.

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Yes 26 other bars but how can the Union Inn be competitive and finish patio , etc when its drowning from his water. Wheres the responsibility ? Water literally surrounded electric outlets and was even coming in through the ceiling of the basement- that's not safe. Many times deliveries couldn't be made, employees couldn't be in the basement - if someone where to slip and fall - no one wants anyone hurt. This was a thriving business prior, sounds like someone doesn't want to take responsibility and the city has allowed this by not mandating a drainage system.

joycemadre
June 1, 2014
9:29 a.m.

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not everyone liked our business but this isn't about personal opinions. Its about right from wrong. I have never sued anyone so its about that and tax returns speak for themselves. Water damage of this magnitude has nothing to do with my sons.

joycemadre
June 1, 2014
11:51 a.m.

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Let's remember 26 bars or 5 doesn't matter if there's water and mud structural damage from it that keeps the business from functioning. Per the city we put in a support wall and look at his sidewalk as it goes into the Union Inn's.
Perhaps Charles Rosenstein esq and Chtis Maddalone should have come and looked at the situation , that opportunity was available

MollyBracken
June 1, 2014
8:50 p.m.

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Dear 'Daily' (since you've chosen not to use your real name),

Have you seen the caved in sidewalk in front of the Union Inn or the washed out basement with water and mud coming through the foundation?

You are entitled to your opinion about Joyce and her boys, but the facts are the facts. Maddalone's property has insufficient drainage and nobody is being held accountable for the damage being done to neighboring properties.

You say Joyce and the boys have ruined the reputation of the Union Inn. Really? I've heard many stories about the Union Inn prior to Joyce's ownership, and I’m glad I never went there then....women being groped (and worse) by 'public servants' and then bullied into not reporting them. I've NEVER had a bad experience at the Union Inn under Joyce's ownership. In fact, Joyce and the boys have stood up for me when I needed it.

Let's be honest, there's not a bar in Schenectady or anywhere else for that matter without its share of stories and rumors. But all that aside, Maddalone and company should be held accountable for the damage they’ve done.

joycemadre
June 10, 2014
8:58 a.m.

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Daily- yes lets check those rap sheets !! Your comments lack facts, and as far as underage I beg your pardon! We did more diligence then most of the bars in that area, and have had numerous checks by SLA and never once had ANY violations. Are the kids perfect - no but they do have hearts that take responsiblities and that's a whole lot more then I can say for the neighbor not taking responsibily for damaging my property and obviously I have proof!! Maybe Schenectady is part of the problem and happy to say their lives elsewhere are doing very well. Having just this past week spoke with an officer in Schenectady, he agrees they often got misunderstood and things weren't quite as it appears. How about when a patron tried to hit them with their beer bottle for not serving them when they had enough?? or when one son refused someone entrance with no ID. Kid told police over and over again that, no one bothered him at the bar but we were asked to close for the night. Your knowledge is very lacking in facts so please keep your personal opinions from seeing that someone has damaged our property and caused a whole lot more damage then my sons.

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