Community Leaders Speak Out On License Suspension

By Jenna Hanchard

Community Leaders Speak Out On License Suspension

April 14, 2011 Updated Apr 14, 2011 at 12:13 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York State pulls the plug on a popular downtown bar, temporarily suspending its liquor license. The Rathskeller bar in Binghamton can no longer serve alcohol.

The New York State Liquor Authority took emergency action Wednesday to suspend its liquor license after a series of checks on the bar showed it was blatantly catering to minors.

Recently, bar owners admitted to having a DJ announce the building was on fire to get people out quickly

That was after hearing police were conducting surprise checks.

Other violations included a lack of supervision, hiring unlicensed security and bouncers.

City Leaders and neighboring business owners are speaking out about the decision.

"It's quite unfortunate, the business has been in the area for quite some time. I think that it important as a city and as a community that we really reassure we are practicing the most safe measures to ensure people can enjoy the business," says Binghamton City Councilwoman Lea Webb.

Rich David, owner of Flashbacks and Club Paradigm in Binghamton, says "I think downtown is safe and secure, and my concern would be--I fear that one day State Street could become an area that might be plagued with problems.That certainly is not the case right now, and I think that's in large part because of the steps that are being taken to keep it safe, fun secure and problem free."

The suspension of the license is indefinite.

The owners of the Rathskeller are permitted to request an expedited hearing from the state.