3 Arrested at Suffolk NY Bar After NYSLA Inspection

by | Jun 17, 2024 | NY Liquor Licenses, News

During a late-night compliance check by the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) at Finley’s of Greene Street in Huntington, three individuals, including the owner, were taken into custody, according to Suffolk County police. The incident took place on Friday evening at approximately 11:11 p.m.

Officers from the Second Precinct Crime Section and Second Precinct Patrol, along with representatives from the State Liquor Authority, Town of Huntington Fire Marshal, and Town of Huntington Code Enforcement Inspector, executed the inspection at Finley’s, located at 43 Green St. Finley’s has a full liquor license (aka NY Bar License for serving alcohol)

The following arrests were made:

  • Sandra Finley, 78, the owner from Cold Spring Harbor, was charged with maintaining a disorderly premise and received three citations from the SLA.
  • Jordan Gaffney, 34, of Freeport, employed as a security guard, was charged with working without a proper security license.
  • Adam Willet, 42, of Ridge, also a security guard, faced charges for working without a security license, obstructing governmental administration, and resisting arrest.

Additional violations were noted by the Town of Huntington Fire Marshal and Code Enforcement Inspector, who issued four combined building, fire, and code violations to Sandra Finley. The SLA further reported the discovery of illegal gambling activities on the premises. Consequently, Finley’s was ordered to close for the night following the inspection.

To provide context, recent data from the New York State Liquor Authority indicates that in 2023, there were approximately 5,000 compliance checks conducted across the state, resulting in over 1,200 violations and 350 liquor license NY suspensions . The involvement of multiple agencies in such operations is part of a broader effort to ensure compliance with state regulations and maintain public safety .

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