State shuts West Babylon bar, citing gambling and violence – New York News

The State Liquor Authority has closed down a West Babylon bar after, authorities said, the town fire marshal condemned the building for “serious public safety issues” and inspectors charged the establishment with myriad violations of Alcohol Beverage Control law.


The violations included illegal gambling, becoming a focal point for police attention, failure to maintain books and records, and purchasing liquor from an unauthorized source, the SLA said in a news release on Wednesday. In all, authorities said, the bar — Maggie’s at 995 Straight Path — was charged with 33 violations of ABC law on Monday by the SLA.

The SLA said that during a prior inspection, the Town of Babylon Code Enforcement Division issued three violations and the town fire marshal issued 10 violations, condemning the building and issuing a “closing order” after discovering “illegal electrical wiring in the basement, compressed gas stored near a hot water heater and no lighting over emergency exits.”

Authorities said that on four dates — May 28, June 21, July 22 and Aug. 13 — Suffolk County police had to respond to the area surrounding Maggie’s for “four instances of disorder in or around the premises.” Calls included a patron discharging a firearm in the air “approximately six times in an attempt to stop a fight”; a patron “being struck over the head…

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