2017-03-22 / Features

Gianaris, State Liquor Authority Call To Rescind ACES Cabaret License


State Senator Michael Gianaris stood with community leaders, including Dutch Kills Civic Association President George Stamatiades and Central Astoria LDC Executive Director Marie Torniali, to call on the New York State Supreme Court to heed the community’s demand to close the adult nightclub ACES, and affirm the State Liquor Authority’s decision to revoke the establishment’s cabaret license. State Senator Michael Gianaris stood with community leaders, including Dutch Kills Civic Association President George Stamatiades and Central Astoria LDC Executive Director Marie Torniali, to call on the New York State Supreme Court to heed the community’s demand to close the adult nightclub ACES, and affirm the State Liquor Authority’s decision to revoke the establishment’s cabaret license. State Senator Michael Gianaris stood with community leaders on March 16th to call on the New York State Supreme Court to heed the community’s demand to close the adult nightclub ACES, and affirm the State Liquor Authority’s decision to revoke the establishment’s cabaret license.

Despite the SLA agreeing with the community’s request to revoke ACES’ cabaret license, a judge temporarily reinstated the license, pending a hearing on April 5th. The NYPD’s 114th Precinct, members of Queens Community Board 1, local residents, Dutch Kills Civic Association and other civic organizations have joined with Senator Gianaris’ appeal to close ACES’ doors.

Deputy Minority Leader Michael Gianaris said, “ACES is notorious for its ongoing, troubling activity, and should be closed down. The community and State Liquor Authority are in agreement that ACES’ history of criminal incidents justify revoking the license of this bad actor. I encourage the court to do the right thing and affirm the SLA’s decision.

“Residents deserve to live in a community where they feel safe, with a robust quality of life. It’s time we get rid of this bad adult establishment once and for all, and apply our resources towards protecting our schools, small businesses and families.”

Police reports indicate a disproportionate number of disturbing incidents from this establishment, including gang-related shootings, arrests and summonses. In May of 2016, a gang-related shooting took place outside of the club requiring police to regularly monitor the business. Additionally, 252 “911” calls were placed to report incidents and criminal activity related to ACES in 2016 alone.

ACES, located at 32-10 37th Avenue in Long Island City, failed to comply with its cabaret license in 2016. The men’s club also faced a temporary shutdown during that same year, relating to several licensing and paperwork issues.

Prior to the opening of ACES, System Dance Club operated in the same location. Senator Gianaris said he prefers the location no longer be used to support establishments detrimental to the neighborhoods’ quality of life.

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