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Armory events still on hold after last week's melee


ALBANY, N.Y. – A week after the city of Albany ordered the owners of the Washington Avenue Armory to cease hosting parties, events are still on hold. A large crowd at a form party turned unruly police said, three officers were injured, seven people arrested. 

Following that incident, the armory's spokesman Michael Corts explains they've changed ticketing procedures and entry policies.

"What happened last Thursday happened, and that's why we're addressing those safety issues by implementing our changes and taking it seriously," said Corts.

Despite the new policies, the city issued a cease and desist order banning the Armory from hosting anymore dance parties or concerts.

Jeffery Jamison, the city's Director of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance told NEWS10 that upon closer inspection, they discovered the facility didn't have the proper permits.

"They've continued to escalate on what they did so they continue to expand beyond their permitted uses, so this was definitely beyond their permitted use," said Jamison.

"The Armory has been operating events with of age and underage concert goers for years with not one offense, not one sanction from the state liquor authority," said Corts.

The Armory has already postponed a Friday event, but Corts said he's holding out hope that Saturday's Festival of the Dead, a fundraiser for the family trauma fund at Albany Med and a smaller concert, geared toward an older crowd, will still go on.

But Jamison said it's not likely.

"If they're not able to operate underneath the cease and desist for these specific events I don't think you can pick and choose," said Jamison.

The organizers for the Saturday benefit declined an interview but said they were looking for an alternate venue.

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