SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York State Liquor Authority has suspended the alcohol license for Gaffney’s in Saratoga Springs over what the authority called a continued pattern of violence and disorder.
“There is a clear pattern of behavior which not only threatens public safety, but has become a drain on police resources,” said SLA Chairman Vincent Bradley. “The SLA has an obligation to ensure this violence does not continue, and this emergency suspension should serve as a message that this agency will not hesitate to take immediate action when a bar poses a threat to public safety.”
The most recent incident happened on May 1 when police said one person was stabbed during a fight that started inside the bar and continued into the street. This was the third stabbing at Gaffney’s since October 2021 and the fourth seriously violent incident from the bar since the fall, according to the SLA. Officers were also injured during these incidents.
The bar has been charged with 13 alleged violations by the SLA. The Saratoga Police Department has temporarily closed the bar over issues with its permit.
Gaffney’s released a short statement in response to the SLA’s decision: “We are reviewing the ruling and will have more to say in response tomorrow.”