Stop the Music: White Plains Cabaret Moratorium Draws Flak

Coliseum, at the corner of South Broadway and Martine Avenue in White Plains, operates under a cabaret license. (Photo: Leif Skodnick)

Coliseum, at the corner of South Broadway and Martine Avenue in White Plains, operates under a cabaret license. (Photo: Leif Skodnick)

By Leif Skodnick

Originially published in the Westchester County Business Journal, July 14, 2014.

Despite objections from local business owners and residents during a public comment period, the White Plains Common Council passed a moratorium on cabarets at its July 7 meeting.

According to Damon Amadio, the White Plains building commissioner, the moratorium will give the city time to codify regulations that were typically written into each cabaret’s operating permit. Amadio said that once the cabaret law is updated, rules that previously were written into each license will be uniformly applied through the city ordinance.

“We’ve had quite a few applications for new cabarets,” Amadio said in a phone interview. “We decided we should take a breather, update the ordinance and apply it to the new cabarets. Everyone who is in good standing will be allowed to operate their cabarets under the moratorium.”

Read more at Westfair Online.

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