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Locals Voice Concerns at Billy Dean's Public Hearing

The owner of the club went before the Hempstead Town Board of Appeals to attempt to renew his cabaret license.

Billy Dean, owner of Billy Dean's Showtime Cafe in Bellmore, went before the Hempstead Town Board of Appeals Wednesday in an attempt to renew his cabaret license and off-street parking variance, both of which expired March 28.

A decision was not made by the board on Wednesday night.

Residents and local officials expressed their thoughts and concerns on the North Bellmore establishment.

Legis. Dave Denenberg said that he is against the renewal of Billy Dean's cabaret license.

"It has never been a cabaret, but an adult entertainment cabaret." he said. "A cabaret is for singing and dancing. It does not match what was issued."

Denenberg also said that there have been reports of numerous police calls to the location in the last two years.

Dean and co-owner Rori Gordon addressed the board. Dean said that a number of those calls were made by staff for larcenies in the business and for unruly patrons.

"We have an incredibly tight security system and we are known in this community for having a safe environment," he said.

At a recent civic meeting, North Bellmore residents said that they do not want the establishment in their community, especially in close proximity to a school and a library.

Wantagh resident Kevin Milano has organized protests in front of the business in 2011 and in front of 3500 Sunrise Highway in Wantagh where Dean had plans to open another club. On May 14, the New York Supreme Court upheld the Town of Hempstead’s decision to reject Dean’s cabaret application for the proposed Wantagh location.

"It is across the street from a school and a library and it should not be there," Milano said of the North Bellmore establishment.

Some disagreed with Milano.

Anna Feldman, manager of the 24-hour Dunkin Donuts near Billy Dean's, said that the club and its patrons are not an issue.

"I have worked until 11 at night and it's the neighborhood kids that have been a problem," she said. "I am constantly kicking them out and customers told me they don't want to come to the store because of them. Billy Dean's customers are not a problem."

Felicia Schneberg of Plainview also spoke in support of Billy Dean's.

"I am extremely comfortable there," she said. "I brought my husband and my 80-year-old mother there to enjoy it. ... It is a club open at night for adults. Kids are exposed to more on network TV or if you take them to eat at Hooters."

At the end of the hearing, Gordon told board members to make their decision with open minds.

"If this license is not renewed, 17 people will lose their jobs," she said. "It was renewed with no problems before and we will not let you down."

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Bonnie June 10, 2012 at 01:33 PM
My feelings exactly........ and beautifully said. :)
Bonnie June 10, 2012 at 01:34 PM
:)
Bonnie June 10, 2012 at 01:46 PM
BTW my son took me to "Billy Dean's" with some of his friends and I had a great time. EVERYONE was polite and no one was forced to join in if they didn't choose to. I laughed so hard at times I was crying. Yeah the gals can relax as well as the guys. Not everyone likes the same things but we are all adults, are we not. AS an adult I CHOOSE where I go, what I see, what I read, The media lies and our politicians are the biggest lairs. The town of Hempsted has been run by the "Good old GAL" for too long. People forgot about how she put her father in a part time job for 6 figures until some one blew the whistle. The idiots of this town still voted for Kate Murrey, WHY? Look what she did for the Colosseum deal, and on the re-vote it was blown away. MONEY down the can. Now our politicians are listening to a few squeaky wheels. I say put it to a vote like the Colosseum project. I bet that "Billy Dean's" will have his two licenses.
Ralph Forbes June 11, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Amzing how people will lie to get what they want. The people complaining are from the Wantagh/Seaford areas. There are others who admit they never knew this place existed. But know everything about the place. I live behind Billy Dean's shopping center with my sister who has three kids (now over 21). I work nights, and walk to Dunkin' Donuts after midnight. I walk the dogs around the block every night. I have never seen any problems in or around this area late at night. You will see all kinds of things at any bar anyplace. Want sex. Want drugs. Go to any bar and you will probably find it. I could see if Billy Deans was a problem. But Billy Deans is NOT a problem. So leave them alone, and stop the lying to get you way. They are a business with tax revenue for this community. Enough said. People like you, Ellen should go to Billy Deans and check it out.
Ralph Forbes June 11, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Amzing how people will lie to get what they want. The people complaining are from the Wantagh/Seaford areas. There are others who admit they never knew this place existed. But know everything about the place. I walk to Dunkin' Donuts after midnight. I walk the dogs around the block every night. I have never seen any problems in or around this area late at night. You will see all kinds of things at any bar anyplace. If you want sex. Want drugs. Go to any bar and you will probably find it. I could see if Billy Deans was a problem. But Billy Deans is NOT a problem. They are a business with tax revenue for this community. Billy Deans did not open yesterday, and the school and library across the street had always been there.

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