The Hempstead Town appeals board has yet to make a decision on a petition for cabaret permit renewal for Billy Dean’s Showtime Cafe in North Bellmore; the permit expired a year ago.
The appeals board held a permit renewal hearing last May for the location, which bills itself as “Long Island’s No. 1 Strip Club” and has been granted the permit since 1993. The club’s last permit — which allows live music, dancing and entertainment — expired March 28, 2012.
The town statute says the appeals board has 62 days from the close of the public hearing to make a decision. But there is no penalty for exceeding 62 days, town officials have said.
“This case’s testimony and record is voluminous, and the Board Members continue to deliberate and discuss the matter,” appeals board secretary Richard Regina said in an email.
Meanwhile, Showtime club owners Billy Dean and Rori Gordon and their company, Green 2009 Inc., continue another legal fight in the New York State Appellate Division in Brooklyn regarding their proposal for a nightclub and restaurant in Wantagh. Dean and Gordon filed an appeal last June to a Nassau County Supreme Court decision the month before that upheld Hempstead Town’s October 2011 denial of a cabaret permit.
“I’m not surprised that it has taken this long,” said the owners’ Uniondale attorney, William Cohn, referring to the town’s appeals board in the North Bellmore case. “They are doing their due diligence properly. They are awaiting the decision in regards to the Wantagh application, which will answer a lot of the questions that will be raised with North Bellmore. ... The board doesn’t have to wait, but it makes sense.”
The board approved the North Bellmore application in June 2010 but denied it in August 2011 after residents said a club would damage the area’s character, increase traffic and create parking problems.
“Both places have the same owners and they will have the same type of establishment: a strip club,” said vocal opponent Kevin Milano, of Wantagh. “This is about the strip club being within feet from children at schools and in houses.”