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Village Bars Form Committee to Address Late Night Issues

Committee to meet monthly to discuss nightlife concerns.

A group of Patchogue Village businesses that serve alcohol have formed a committee to discuss issues on how to help and maintain good community and business practices in regards to the Village's nightlife and restaurant scene, local publicist Rick Eberle has told Patch. 

The committee, which was just formed and currently consists of four members–Perabell, Bobbique, Public House and The Emporium–will meet on the first Monday of each month. The meetings will be open to owners/management of Village businesses. They are not open to the general public, but Eberle said Village officials, police, public safety and the chamber of commerce president are welcome to attend. 

The committee has been formed in the wake of concerns over intoxicated people causing trouble late at night in the Village. Local officials and police have already outlined steps, including an increased police presence, being taken to combat the problem. 

The Emporium, Public House and Bobbique are all open until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, when most of the trouble has been reported. Perabell closes at 11 p.m. on those nights. 

From Eberle:

The committee will meet as follows:

Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. - Perabell
March 4 at 9 p.m. - Bobbique
April 1 at 9 p.m. - Public House
May 6 at 9 p.m. - The Emporium

Possible topics to be discussed:
• Lack of taxi service on the weekends on Main Street- Increase
taxi service 1am-4am in Village (we will reach out to taxi companies)
• Looking at ways to increase security presence on Main Street
from 2am-4am
• Cleaning program for Main Street and address the concerns of
protecting the storefronts
• Parking solutions

All attendees should come prepared with topics and issues they would like to address.

Joseph Adriano March 14, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Well done JB and the Citizens for Honest Government! Air that dirty laundry before it's swept under the rug just like the Emporium.
Robert March 15, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Hopefully this will be handled properly, meaning the parking. We can't have another misstep like the Emporium. Additionally, the current lack of parking needs to be addressed with a sense of urgency. I look forward to further communication on this issue. Thanks.
John Bogack April 01, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Saturday night in the village: cool. This thread is just about over but I thought it would be fitting in light of all the concerns about negative behavior night time in the village that I post an account of where things may more currently be than when this thread began some weeks ago. I ventured into the village to take in the show at 89 North Saturday night. No car needed I walk from my home. Went by the Emporium early on and while there was some activity near by it was not as frenzied as I have seen it in the past. Very visible police presence at the door where police offiers were posted. Main street was busy and while I did see groups of people bunched up here and there on main no one was doing anything other than having a good time with their friends. 89 North was packed, reggae band and local DJ's like Omar Santiago providing positive vibrations. The whole scene reminded me of what the village has gained from this venue: class act spot that can draw the members of the Roots as guests in the audience. I left early to get a break and then came back near one in the morning. Emporium had more lines and was busier. Like all my visits before once again witness to what appeared to be a street arrest this time a car had been waived over by no less than three police cars on Railroad avenue near the Emporium so I guess issues there are still being watched. Returned to 89 North that was still rocking to good sounds. Home, no issues a wonderful night out in Patchogue Village.
Robert April 03, 2013 at 12:04 AM
John, Sounds good. I do understand that other people had issues with improper behavior, and my concern always related around the total lack of parking. As you said, Patchogue has come a long way and almost all of it positive, and now needs a little improvement. Do you know who is paying for the police force around the Emporium? And also, what was your observation as far as the parking is concerned? And you have always had a good pulse on the citizens and I have one more question. What do you think of all of the homeowners who purchased property and homes close the Village, before the opening of the Emporium? Are these homeowners frustrated with the escalation of noise, lack of parking and other issues? Just curious. As you say, it is important to understand all of the positive things that have occurred in Patchogue and I am sure it was hard for the board to anticipate all of the issues, but now they should address them.
John Bogack April 03, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Robert you are paying for the police outside the Emporuim just like I am and every other tax payer. Public safety is a police function. I have to say the police and CODE presence (forgot to mention earlier on my second trip CODE was parked right in front of the doors) was pretty tight. As for parking remember I walked to avoid everything. I did see spots near by the Emporium that were open and less of the frenzied parking and lines to get in that I have seen in the past. But cold weather and perhaps all the enforcement is having an impact. On main street there was parking not a lot but you did not need a shoe horn to get into a spot either. You ask me what do I think about the surrounding neighborhoods. I do know that Copper Beech residents have concerns about their parking being used by non residents and there is no doubt Church Street and Railroad Avenue homes are impacted with noise. Those residents do not come to any meetings of the Board of Trustees not of late anyway so honestly I can not say what they feel. They need to speak up if they have concerns. The apartment complex manager at Railroad and Church has appeared complaining of public disturbances several times. He appeared a few weeks ago complaining that drunks were throwing bottles at the building. I do not know the current state of this concern. Before then he complained of assaults, rowdiness, public urination near the rental building. These are safety concerns the Police need to stay on top of. They are.

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