The state Liquor Authority today suspended the liquor licenses of three Oneonta bars targeted in a multi-agency sting last weekend.
Effective immediately, The Alley, Today’s and The Upper Deck are not allowed to serve alcohol.
The suspension was ordered this morning during a meeting of the Liquor Authority Board in New York City.
Nearly three dozen local police and state officials, including a 19-year-old undercover agent, simultaneously raided the three bars Saturday night.
The Liquor Authority documented numerous instances where underage patrons were served alcohol; bouncers were not licensed as security guards as required by law; bar staff were being paid under the table; and, in the case of The Upper Deck, changes were made to the business, including ownership, that were not reported to the state.
All three bars had been cited numerous times by the Liquor Authority in recent years for keeping disorderly premises and serving underage drinkers, among several other violations. Among the more recent actions: The Alley in 2008 was ordered to pay a $7,000 civil penalty and close for 20 days that September. Upper Deck, formerly known as The Sake Club, was ordered to pay civil penalties of $3,000 in 2009 and $4,000 in 2010. Today's was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $4,000 in 2009.
The Liquor Authority is authorized to suspend a license when the agency finds that public health, safety or welfare requires emergency action. The suspension also serves as a Notice of Pleading alleging one or more disciplinary violations, according to the Liquor Authority.
A suspension is not a final determination on the merits of the case and a licensee is entitled to an expedited hearing before an administrative law judge.