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Bar patrons continue to violate personal property

Another incidence of a bar patron trespassing on my property and performing illegal acts.

It was another eventful weekend on North Main Street. While I have video to corroborate the event that took place, the police have asked me to withhold from posting it for the time being to give them some time to look for the person involved. Not to mention the images are not exactly safe for public posting.

On Saturday morning, I woke up to find emails from my video surveillance system that something had triggered the alarm in my driveway at around 3:25am.. The emails included pictures of a man standing in my driveway with his coat pulled halfway down his back and facing away from my camera.  Naturally, I  then reviewed all the video footage from around that time.

Starting at 3:20, I could see the man standing in front of La Dolce Vita interacting with one of the bouncers. He handed him something, but I couldn’t tell what it was. A moment later, he walked down the street with one of the girls who I believe dances at the club.  I says this because she arrives with a van full of the same women every night the club is open.

They walked down as far as my neighbor’s house, where her van was parked out front. She opened the passenger door and leaned into the car. He stood directly behind her, pressing up against her from what I could tell. The door was open and they were standing behind it, so I can’t be 100% certain of what was going on there.

They stayed there for about a minute, and then she took his hand and they walked back towards the bar. He didn’t seem interested in going back there, and eventually she walked away and left him standing alone. He waited by himself for another minute or so, then turned and walked toward my house.

Once he reached my neighbor’s front steps, he climbed them and hopped over the wall into my driveway. At which point, figuring he was in a private area (my private area, not his, but whatever), he undid his pants and, well, I’m just going to say he took care of unfinished business.!  He did this right behind our car, using it as both cover and target. Sated, he climbed back over the wall, got straight into a taxi and went on his way.

I have no words to describe how I felt when I saw this. If these are the kind of individuals these places are bringing into our towns, it’s an understatement to say that something absolutely needs to be done. It’s bad enough there are numerous houses surrounding this club, but in addition there is an elementary school only two blocks away! How our village allows these places to conduct the kind of business they do, that attracts the kinds of clientele they do is simply beyond any reason I can fathom.

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MM11 October 02, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Thank you for the explanation. While it seems that would certainly be effective if it could be applied to these women, it seems likely that none of them would identify themselves as "employees" so it would be interesting to see if this had any actual impact in practice. There's certainly no harm in trying, though. Was this law ever used to actually deny the people described a "job" at any of these places?
Bart Didden October 02, 2012 at 02:22 PM
@MM11 The law was passed by Mayor Pilla, then these requirements of the Law were repealed by Mayor Pilla after protests from bar owners three months later. Would these requirements have worked? The police and I say yes because for those three months that the requirements were on the books, THERE WERE NO APPLICATIONS FOR CABARET LICENSES. No cabaret license means NO DANCING, NO ENTERTAINMENT and NO DANCE area for dancing to recorded music (juke box). It remains worth trying to re-institute the requirements but Mayor Pilla filibustered my effort and just wore down the issue and the support I had. I know that this is starting to sound like a broken record, but I have been trying since the first video of the man who was passed out, was assaulted and then robed. Meanwhile, Mayor Pilla is doing nothing but talking about rapid deployment cameras, which no one in the Village government is consistently working on and will require finding an outside funding source. Mayor Pilla lied to a resident at a BOT Meeting that we have a "Quality of Life Issues Task Force", we don't and that was proved by a FOIL request I filed for any information about such a task force. Talk is cheap, leadership is tough. If Rudy Giuliani could get rid of people looking to clean your windshield, why can't Mayor Pilla lead us to get rid of this stain on our community? It's time for a new Mayor.
Concerned citizen October 02, 2012 at 02:53 PM
this bar needs to be closed down or there should be some strict rules applied to the owner of this bar, or move.
Joe October 03, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Sean ,I'm sorry for having to say it , but when you brought your house , the bars were there. When buying a home, they say what? location,location, location. Just as BOT member Breakwind said- if your old time resident can't afford the high taxes then they should move out of P.C. Well if I brought a home in a city type enviorment like the Main St. Highway, you should expect it to be gritty. We need to repeal the 4a.m. Closing time to 2a.m. Then you will stop the Ct. Patrons from coming across the BOARDER. Who needs to get drunker@ that time of the A.M. Anyway.
Sean A. McNerney October 03, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Hi Joe, well I completely understand that line of thinking, I have lived near buy numerous bars in my past in places like Stamford and Peekskill, and I can tell you from experience that I have never had to suffer this level of debauchery before. And to say that Main Street (which is most definitely NOT a highway) needs to be gritty, then that is one place you and I disagree. If Main Street south of the police station can have restricted parking from 1:30 AM to 6 AM, why shouldn't we enjoy that same benefit? Do we need to allow bars that attract this kind of clientele? When was the last time you heard about someone passing out in front of Bar Taco?I completely understand that people who go to bars will get drunk, and sometimes they'll get loud. I expect and accept that. I don't accept that someone under ANY circumstance will break into my property and masturbate on my car or get so hammered that they'll pass out just walking down the street. Other towns have methods of ensuring that this does not happen. I don't believe we should be any different. Lastly, while I may be new to my house, my neighbors have lived in their respective home for 30-40 years now. They pay their higher taxes. Are they supposed to move out because a bar or two brings in a bad group of clientele? To your last point, I largely agree with you there.
Aidan October 03, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Joe, I do understand the point you're trying to make. But Sean's rights were not abrogated by the choice of home he purchased. No one in this society has to endure what he's endured ... even if you think his purchase decision unwise. If that was the case, then homes of sale would have to include such descriptions in their sale material. But here's the serious stuff. Your statement is an almost-admission that the sleaze-folks have won. They own that area ... and they are free to do with as they please. Where do we plant the white flag? And are we all ready to replant that white flag again and again as these slobs take over?
John B October 03, 2012 at 01:45 PM
In the words of Jimmy V "Don't give up,Don't ever give up."
Sean A. McNerney October 03, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Aidan, very well said. Thank you.
Sean A. McNerney October 03, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Give up? I feel like we're really just getting started!
Susie October 03, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Sean, I didn't think it was possible to get worse for you and your neighbors after the prior account. There are no words for this latest issue. I am so sorry for you and all of us that live in PC Trustee Didden makes some good points with his proposal, what is there to lose in trying? Closing bars earlier is never going to happen in NYState and I don't think that would even make a difference Mayor Pilla, your silence here is amazing to me, actually it is sickening ! Bart is right, Rudy cleaned up Times Square as well as the window washers. What are you doing Mayor Pilla ? The problem is clear whatever Didden says or suggests Pilla goes the other way...grow up and act like the professional you claim to be !
PC Proud October 03, 2012 at 02:41 PM
In all honesty, I have to completely agree with Joe. You bought a house next to two bars, what did you expect? As to your neighbors of 30-40 years, guess what, these places have been bars for at least 50-60 years if not more. Does that excuse what this mope did, absolutely not; but I've lived here almost my entire life and can tell you that this is nothing new. You chose to live on US 1 ( Boston Post Rd., N. Main St.), a highway,a commercial neighborhood, it goes with the territory.Honestly, you remind me of the idiots who bought houses at High Point and Arrowood and decided to complain about the airport. You have to take some responsibility for your choice to buy a home there, the condition was preexistent to your purchase of that home and no one forced you to buy it. You didn't do your homework. As to closing times, don't waste your breath, it's dictated by the county and will never be changed due to Yonkers and White Plains. As to Aidans comment that we will be letting the slobs take over and we will be in constant retreat, please keep in mind that Port Chester has less than a 1/4 of the bars it once had. It's they who have been in retreat not the residents. We need more police end of story.
PC Proud October 03, 2012 at 02:46 PM
And one more thing before I forget. Remember everyone who thinks that the revival of the Capitol Theater is a wonderful thing. As the bars proliferate on Westchester Ave. to cater to the " concert crowd" we'll have just as many problems, if not more, the only difference will be the ethnic group doing it.
George Datino October 03, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I am sorry. No matter where anyone has bought a house, they shouldn't have to put up with sex acts being performed on the street right outside their front window and they surely shouldn't have to put up with someone trying to bring a new meaning to the term white walls on their car.
Sean A. McNerney October 03, 2012 at 02:55 PM
PC Proud, First off, I have never once not taken responsibility for where I bought a house. And while a two-lane road may have been considered a highway in 1950, it certainly does not fit the modern definition of one. That being said, what does a pervert breaking into my property have to do with what kind of road I live on? Have I come here complaining about traffic noise? Please be sure you understand what my complaints are before referring to me as "an idiot". 2nd, even if those bars are 50-60 years old, our houses are over 100 years old, so how far back are we supposed to go to decide who get's the rule of the neighborhood. Last time I checked there are more than 18 residences being directly affected by the problems caused here. Just because I'm the only one with the means to say something this publicly does not make me the only one with something to say. Lastly, I more than understand that closing times may not be enforceable locally, and that we need more police, but if I really want to work towards a better neighborhood, I have to consider many different avenues of possible change. You say PC has less than 1/4 of the bars it used to? Well, than that's great! That means progress is moving in the right direction. I won't be the one to let it stall in my neighborhood.
Sean A. McNerney October 03, 2012 at 03:00 PM
In response to your one more thing, and to correct something I said in my last post, I don't think it's the number of bars that we have that is truly the problem. It's the quality of the establishments and the clientele they bring in that is the real thing being questioned here. I do think the revival of the Capitol Theater is a good thing. Go take a walk down Main Street in Tarrytown by the Music Hall. They have some great shows there, and some wonderful bars and restaurants surrounding it. The class of the clientele I have witnessed there has been far more respectful than what I have seen in my neighborhood. So I don't think having a bar in an area is a bad thing in and of itself. I just think we need to reconsider the types of bars we want in our town. Maybe not ones that offer hired girls in skin tight outfits that will dance with you for $2 a dance.
Pochocit October 03, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Fingerprinting, hitting up the bar owners, arresting patrons, etc. will not solve anything. Find out who owns the buildings and store-fronts. They are the ones who should be doing a stringent background check on those who want to lease their property. They are just as responsible for the crimes committed in or around their buildings by way of negligence, in my opinion. Hit them with hefty fines and you'll see a change. There are two houses on the corner of Seymour and Poningo which harbor nasty fellows selling drugs and skin. If the owner of those properties was held responsible each time there was an arrest, or even an inquiry, of a tenant then I'm sure I would see less illegal activity around that property. Hmmmmm, I wonder who owns those properties... I see a lot of young folk from Rye, Greenwich, and the nicer hoods of PC coming down to that block to get their ya-ya's out... Be aware parents.
Racman63 October 03, 2012 at 03:40 PM
There is an aspect to this story being overlooked and that is this: What type of Village does Port Chester want to become? Lifelong and former residents are well-familiar w/ P.C.'s reputation as bar/restaurant town w/ some very lovely bedroom neighborhoods annexed thereto. In my opinion, Sean is on the front line of a gentrification process. And as in all gentrification the marginalized and income challenged will be forced to move elsewhere, zoning will evolve to meet new demands, the various interests in the village will organize to promote their respective agendas. Sean's posts and the reactions thereto are evidence of this. It's only a matter of time before that p/o North Main Street transforms into something different. How long that takes is dependent only upon the answer to this question: What is the collective future vision for that area of the Village?
Sean A. McNerney October 03, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Nicely put Racman. And an excellent viewpoint on things. Even I have not stepped back to look at things quite that way. I very much appreciate your input.
Bart Didden October 03, 2012 at 04:58 PM
This is the best post that I think I have ever seen on this site. Racman63 is correct, we have been evolving to gentrification of the downtown section for years and with the Mariner taking move ins later this month will show just how strong this trend is. In the meantime, the community must develop standards of accepted uses as well as a standard of conduct that will be tolerated within our Village. The lack of leadership from or elected officials in not acceptable. Currently there is no communication from the Mayor or the BOT as a whole to the Planning Commission or the Zoning Board of Appeals or the Architectural Review Board. These three Boards or Commissions have the ability to set and enforce these new, yet to be formed, Standards. We will never get the bar closing time changed to 2am, because the change would be a State wide event and while NYC may be able to maintain its own standard at 4am, the neighboring communities such as those in lower Westchester & Rockland, and Nassau County would see customers leaving their merchants to go into the NYC. That will be the people fighting us to keep the time as it is. Additionally, if NYC proposed closing at 2am, all of their merchants (Times Sq, Union Sq, etc) in the tourist or trendy night spots would fight against an earlier closing. Even our own Mayor has been observed in NYC in the early morning hours in NYC intoxicated. Challenging the closing time is a fight I don't think we can't win.
Sean A. McNerney October 03, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I completely agree Bart. You can bet that you, the BOT and the mayor will be seeing lists of requested standards coming from the new public committees formed this past week.
Mary Ann N. October 03, 2012 at 06:39 PM
These types of establishments must be forced to hire security personnel!
Susie October 03, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Mary Ann N, these places condone and support this behavior. The village must enact tougher laws and most importantly enforce them ! Hello Mayor Pilla - where are you, speak up I / we can't hear you from under the rock you're hidding under
Mary Ann N. October 03, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Mayor Pilla? HA! A couple of years ago I had a conversation with Mayor Pilla regarding a similar situation in my neighborhood and his response to me was "Sometimes your worst nightmare is your best nightmare." YES...He DID!
Linda Turturino October 03, 2012 at 07:29 PM
ok let talk here as i have said in previous posts, I was in Raymondos almost every night and NONE on that went on when we were done for the night we got in our cars and went to the diner or went home I would love to see a spread sheet how many times La Dolca Vita has been inspected and howe many time the PD or FD have come in and did a head count I would bet no document exsists . I have a question why is there not more of a police presence in front of the bar at closing time knowing there are repeated complaints about this property. Sean is right he has every right to buy a house where he wants but should not have to endure this and should not have to take matters into his own hands this is STUPID and Bart is right a call to action need to be inpressed on the Mayor this is a problem and needs to be addressed maybe if it were next to his house this would be a mute point
Aidan October 03, 2012 at 08:54 PM
It seems to me that the only people with real energy are outside of the political circle. Mr. Didden, to his credit, has weighed in ... and offered information not usually in the public realm. But he sounds as exasperated as all of us. But let's be honest. There's a lot of political mayhem ... here, on the local level, and even beyond. If there is one thing that is truly "American" about us all it's that we do possess the inner will and determination to solve even the most cringing situations. It seems to me that a new, local-level force has been unleashed ... and it better be acknowledged. If not, some politicians are gonna find their chairs yanked from under them. The breaking point is here. People want their village back. And they want it back today. Hear that?
Robski48 October 04, 2012 at 10:24 PM
I know I'm going to get blasted for this one, but here it goes. I do feel bad for Sean, as no one deserves this to happen to them, but he does bare some of the blame for his nightmare. The bars have been there prior to him buying his house in 2011 (courtesy of lohud dot com real estate database). La dolce vita has been there since I believe the mid to late 90's. There have been problems there since then as it was the same kinda bar as today. He had to know the problems that came there. When I bought my house, I sat on the street at all hours of the night to see what was going on, numerous times I called the PD numerous amount of times inquiring about the area. I even did Internet searches. If he did his due diligence and still choose to buy into this nightmare, then see my point? Not picking on him, just bringing out a point that needed to be said.
Robski48 October 04, 2012 at 10:36 PM
@Linda..with the limited and constantly being reduced manpower, do we have enough police to devote to one property? I pay as much if not more taxes than that building/bar and have had two burglaries in a year on my street and a (what I know) drug dealer living five houses down. Am I entitled to a police officer solely for my street? The answer is obviously no, cause we don't have enough for services like that. What about all the other taxpayers in town that think they are being protected, but all the resources are at this bar? The only answer to Sean's problem is to shut BOTH bars down and I don't see that happening in a ever liberal society.
Sean A. McNerney October 04, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Robski, I certainly won't blast you. You're opinion is valid. Maybe I could have done more due diligance before buying my home. However, I don't see where I'm not taking any responsibility for the problems in my area. I invested in a security/surveillance system. I am up many a night keeping an eye on mine and my neighbors properties myself. Not taking responsibilty, at least in my opinion, would be to do nothing. Even though problems were pre-exisitng in my neighborhood, to me that does not mean that they should not be addressed and hopefully solved at some point in the future. I'm certainly not requesting, or even suggesting that I get a sole police office to keep an eye on only my property. I am asking for stepped up enforcement in my neighborhood because it is known to have issues. If you are suffering from the problems you say you are, I would hope you are doing the same thing! I would never want to just sit idly by while someone sold drugs out of a house a few doors down from me! That sounds tremendously scary and dangerous! And yes, I agree we don't have enough police officers to patrol everywhere effectively. You know who else agrees? NY State. The results of an independent study of the PC Police Department can be found on the Making Port Chester a Better Place Facebook page. I think that what we can all agree upon, is that changes need to be made. Regardless of how liberal our society is, it is our fault and ours alone if we sit by and do nothing.
Interested Reader October 05, 2012 at 11:27 AM
I read this blog and related articles and comments with interest. I was at a public meeting a few months ago that was billed as a work shop after the last major incident at this home. I remember one of the Police Officers discussing an earlier plan on the downtown bars, the majority of the Elected Officials appeared in agreement. The Mayor was visibly upset and insulted the Officer. I would like to here more about that workshop and what came out of it.
Bart Didden October 05, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I understand most of the comments about buyer beware, but some of our neighborhoods have changed over the years. Yes we have had many more drinking establishments, yes some of them were for kids, bikers, older adults, etc. Like groups of people found each other. Now we have a handful of places that don't operate above the moral standards that we want as a community. Sean is not wrong for moving to Port Chester as much as we are wrong to not do the right thing for one or more of our neighbors and the image of the community as a whole. We can do better, we must do better and I invite all of those on this site to come to the next BOT meeting, October 15th, at 350 N. Main, 7pm and tell Mayor Pilla what you think and what you want done for YOUR Village. I am doing my part, my best even if the Mayor does not like it, but all of you have to do your part as well. If this is not fixed by election day next March, you must make a change by voting. I hope to see all of you a week from Monday. I will be there, will you?

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