Future of Binghamton Bar Lingers

By Lindsay Nielsen

September 20, 2012 Updated Sep 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The fate of a downtown Binghamton bar remains unknown after it appeared in front of the State Liquor Authority on Tuesday.

The Scoreboard was slapped with 20 charges after a joint investigation in early May.

On Tuesday the State Liquor Authority shot down the bar's offer to pay $17,000 to settle the matter.

Charges relate to serving alcohol to underage customers on three different days and inadequate licenses for security guards and failure to exercise adequate supervision.

The SLA board made a counter offer which was to revoke the bars liquor license, an offer the bar's owner Ty Fish, will not be accepting.

A junior at Binghamton University who often visits State Street bars says he believes some bar owners could do a better job of keeping out those who are underage.

"I know a lot of kids who would go like, two people would go into a bar with a third person outside and then you go outside and give the other person your ID and then get in with the same ID," said Jeremy Stevens.

In a statement to Action News Fish's Attorney references an incident that occurred at another Binghamton Bar, The Rathskeller, who has also had underage violations in the past.

Fish's Attorney said "As has occurred in the past at another licensed State Street drinking establishment, maybe if Mr. Fish had directed his employees to shout Fire as the Police were entering his business during operating hours, he would be receiving more consideration from the City of Binghamton and its present administration."

After the raid in May, Binghamton's Police Chief told Action News the Scoreboard is the largest problem spot downtown.

"On State Street it's just usually people throwing up. I mean the worst I think I've seen down here is one kid threw up on a bouncer," said Stevens.

Fish's attorney Paul Battisti tells Action news that Fish is eagerly awaiting his day in court to be able to confront the allegations against his license.

Chief Joe Zikuski declined to comment on the developments Thursday.