ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The New York State Liquor Authority has issued an emergency summary suspension of the Washington Armory in Albany.
The suspension was ordered by Members of the SLA, Chairman Dennis Rosen, Commissioner Jeanique Greene and Commissioner Kevin Kim at a special meeting of the Full Board on Monday. Effective immediately, no alcohol may be served or consumed on the premises.
On March 11 the SLA charged the Albany Armory with six violations following the riot on March 6th. Charges include operating a disorderly premises, assault, unregistered security staff and becoming a focal point for police attention, as the Armory’s operations have required an inordinate share of police resources and manpower. The charges are based on reports and video evidence provided to the SLA by the Albany Police Department documenting six knife assaults, including four stabbings, in addition to two robberies and multiple assaults occurring within the premises.
Police additionally documented a series of disturbances, automobile break-ins and acts of vandalism occurring immediately outside the Armory during the evening of March 6, continuing into the early morning hours of March 7th.
An order of summary suspension remains in effect until such time as it is modified by the SLA or a reviewing Court.
The Washington Avenue Armory released the following statement in response to the New York State Liquor Authority’s decision to remove the arena’s liquor license:
“The Washington Avenue Armory aims on continuing to address the issues the State Liquor Authority cited as part of its decision to rescind the liquor license. Through cooperation with state and city authorities, the Armory has been working to resolve management and security concerns to ensure patrons’ safety is held at the utmost importance. During this time, the Armory will continue to discuss and review improvements to arena operations and will provide a more comprehensive update in the near future.”