(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David today announced the City has reached an agreement with the owner of Victoria’s Café at 153 Susquehanna St. to cease all operations on the premises, abating nuisance activity and shutting down its after-hours club.
“By moving swiftly and focusing all City enforcement resources, we’ve successfully shut down all three known after-hours establishments in a short period of time,” said Mayor David. “We’ve worked with property owners and applied tough legal actions to stop criminal activity in our neighborhoods.”
Victoria’s at 153 Susquehanna St. had not seen after-hours activity following the City’s crackdown, including a lockdown warning letter and zoning citations issued to the property owner, who was arrested during a May 14 compliance check.
On May 14 at approximately 2:22 a.m., Binghamton Police conducted a compliance check at 153 Susquehanna St. When they were allowed inside, officers observed a strong odor of marijuana and multiple burnt marijuana cigarettes.
The owner of Victoria’s, Gloria Crowder, 52, of Binghamton, was present during the compliance check. Crowder was not cooperative with officers and attempted to block inspection of alcohol containers in the bar, according to police. Crowder was arrested for criminal nuisance 2nd, Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) violation 64b-1, harassment 2nd and resisting arrest.
This agreement that closed operations at Victoria’s follows a series of actions against two other illegal after-hours clubs in the City of Binghamton.
On May 3, the City sent a lockdown warning to the owner of an after-hours nightclub on Orton Ave. where an April 22 homicide occurred. The nightclub’s operator agreed to shut down the club one day later. The property — listed as 221 Main St. in property tax records — was also cited for violating City zoning ordinances, operating as a place of large group assembly and installing signage without required site plan approvals.
On May 25, Mayor David announced the City had condemned 124 Broad Ave., the site of an illegal nightclub known as “The Balcony,” in a series of legal actions against the property owner as part of a citywide crackdown on after-hours clubs.
These were the only three after-hours clubs known to City law enforcement officials. If residents suspect after-hours club activity in their neighborhood, they are encouraged to contact the Binghamton Police Detective Bureau at (607) 772-7080.
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