NEW HAVEN STANDS AGAINST RETURN OF PROBLEM BAR
(10/1/2010) NEW HAVEN- Today, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. led a news conference to express opposition to the reopening of the Taurus, a bar that has long been the nexus of violence and crime in the City’s Dixwell community. The Taurus lost its liquor license in 2008 and the City has adamantly opposed allowing for the establishment to be able to regain the ability to sell liquor and operate as a problem entertainment establishment. Thursday, the Taurus was granted a new liquor license allowing it to reopen and serve alcohol.
“There will always be people who will seek to exploit and take advantage of other people and those systems set up to protect neighborhoods,” said DeStefano. “Make no mistake, whether it’s Downtown or in a neighborhood, we will use every tool available to protect our families and visitors. That said, the system here needs to be strengthened and we need to work in the next legislative session to protect people from the abusive behavior that bars like the Taurus have represented year after year.”
The owner of the Taurus is believed to have practiced hidden ownership in moving the title of the club to his relatives so as to allow for a new application for a liquor license to be pursued. At today’s news conference, City and neighborhood leaders discussed why they are opposed to allowing this bar to reopen and spoke of the violence and fear that this establishment represents in the community.
“We will be requesting an investigation of hidden ownership with the State and will work with neighbors to protect this community from the activity that the Taurus has historically drawn,” said DeStefano.
Further, the City seeks sweeping changes to allow municipalities greater input on sign-off of liquor licenses which takes into account a change in standards that considers illegal activity and negative impact on neighborhoods. This would be accomplished by final sign-off coming from the chief law enforcement official of a municipality.
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