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Wantagh Billy Dean Opponents Take Protest Movement to Bellmore

Wantagh resident Kevin Milano organizing protest rallies in front of North Bellmore strip club owned by man planning to open new business on Sunrise Highway.

Opponents of Billy Dean’s planned entertainment facility in Wantagh have now taken their fight to his North Bellmore strip club.

Wantagh resident Kevin Milano has been organizing protest rallies this month in front of on 1538 Newbridge Rd. objecting to the business being granted cabaret and public assembly licenses when it advertises on its website as being “Long Island’s No. 1 strip club.”

Milano has also organized recent in front of 3500 Sunrise Hwy, Wantagh where Dean has plans to open a new business that many fear will also feature adult entertainment similar to his North Bellmore establishment. The Town of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals Dean's cabaret application for 3500 Sunrise Hwy. in late August, but the decision is being .

Milano said he became motivated to start protest rallies in front of Dean’s North Bellmore business, which opened in the late 90's, because of his belief that adult entertainment should not be featured in a residential neighborhood near schools. Milano, who has many friends in North Bellmore, made a formal complaint with the Town of Hempstead against Billy Dean’s Showtime Café on May 19 saying that the business was violating its cabaret permit by having topless dancers. He is hoping that the Town of Hempstead will deny Billy Dean’s Showtime Café a cabaret license when it is up for renewal in March.

“We’re going to fight him over there,” said Millano, who has held protests typically on weekends and Fridays this month. “We are not going to sit back idly.”

Hempstead Town spokeswoman Susan Pokalsky said the town’s Building Department has done recent undercover investigations at Billy Dean’s Showtime Café and has found no violations with nudity. The club was handed recent building violations for public assembly usage due to having parties in the basement, Pokalsky said. Dean recently applied for a variance with the state to use the basement for parties but was denied, according to Pokalsky.

“The Building Department has been vigilant,” said Pokalsky. “The town is taking this very seriously.”

Dean’s attorney Bill Cohn said he is disappointed in the protests that have been occurring both at his client’s planned Wantagh business and now in North Bellmore. Cohn said he is confident Dean will be granted a renewal of his public assembly license in North Bellmore when it expires on Nov. 15 and a new cabaret permit in the spring.

“Whatever violations are found by the building department will be addressed,” said Cohn.

Vinny Ciro October 27, 2011 at 11:05 AM
Why doesn't Billy Dean open one of these strip clubs in HIS neighborhood?
Vinny Ciro October 27, 2011 at 11:40 AM
Dear Denise, There surely are worse things happening, as you said. In the military, I saw much worse things. But if everyone felt that way and let it stop them from trying to do something to fix the things they could, nothing would improve in the world. I pray you don't consider this an idiotic response.
Kevin October 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM
One correction to the article, Mr. Milano said "Adult Entertainment" not "topless". The Town of Hempstead, Billy Dean and Mr. Cohn obviously think the community members of Wantagh and Bellmore are idiots. The Town doesn't have to send in inspectors, who may frequent his establishment anyway, they need to just look at his web-site, look at what he said at the May 18 BZA hearing, get witnesses(as we were going to present at the BZA Hearing before being stopped by the BZA member Mr. Browne. What were they afraid of?)or google what goes on in his establishment. He has been having parties in the basement without the permits which puts the public at great danger. Why this man is allowed to just go on untouched is mindboggling and now, in my opinion,getting to the suspicious point. If his public assembly license is renewed in Nov after what our community presented at the BZA hearing and what is shown on his website then our communities must take a closer look at this Man and his possible connections. We know the President of the Republican Club of Wantagh wrote a character reference for the Two Strip Club owners to the BZA when they issued them a PERMANENT cabaret license for Wantagh. PERMANENT BZA??? Our communities will go as far as we need to go to keep Adult entertainment from our children and not change the character of our towns. This is a County issue not just Wantagh/Bellmore.The Town of Hempstead should take a lesson from Davie Florida and stop this before it happens.
Chris Wendt October 27, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Following the chain of references on Patch for this article led me to a photo posted by Rori Gordon on the Bellmore Patch. Nothing wrong with the photo or its having been posted on Patch. But it raised two questions in my mind. What was meant by "lap dance" (in the caption written by Rori Gordon for the photo), and, how late was "the last lap dance...over"? The second question can be considered a rhetorical question. But the first question, what was meant by a "lap dance" as used in Rori Gordon's post, led me to Google "lap dance", which actually generated even more questions. The definition on the web (not the Google site) contained an inappropriate photo, so I will not post a link to it, here. I am posting this, not to be judgmental or to jump to any conclusion about anything; rather, I am seeking an answer concerning the nature of the lap dances advertised at Billy Dean’s Showtime Café in North Bellmore.
Vinny Ciro October 27, 2011 at 12:12 PM
"Lap Dance" Defined" as per Wikipedia: "A lap dance is a type of sex work performed in some strip clubs in which a naked or topless dancer performs an erotic dance either in immediate contact (contact dancing) with a seated patron, or within a very short distance. With full-contact lap dances, the stripper may engage in non-penetrative sexual contact with the patron, such as "grinding" her body against his. Variant terms include couch dance which is a lap dance where the customer is seated on a couch, and bed dance where the customer lies down. Take this out of our residential neighborhoods! Take it to a commercial location, away from private homes and be done with it.
John October 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM
Kudos to all who want to protect children and keep strip clubs and adult entertainment away from schools. Hopefully, new legislation will follow.
NBellmore Mom October 27, 2011 at 01:52 PM
I frankly do not understand the big controversy over Billy Dean's. Most people don't even know what type of entertainment goes on there - it's anonymous, quiet, and stays under the radar. The new place being built in Wantagh is a VAST improvement over the previous property. The owner has obviously sunk a lot of money into the place and has turned it into quite an attractive building. It has NO windows so it's not like the little kids in the neighborhood are going to be peering in. Places like this exist in every town. As long as they keep it quiet, respect the neighborhood and pay their property taxes, they pose no threat to me. They will NOT corrupt your children or lead you to hell. If you believe that they will, then you have bigger problems than just a so-called strip club in your town.
Vinny Ciro October 27, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Dear "Mom", In some regards, you are right. The issue is not so much that it's just in our town (although I am not thrilled about it) but that it's in a residential area. If it were in a commercial area, so be it. The one issue where I respectfully must disagree with you is when you say that it will NOT corrupt our children. The type of elements that these places attract can easily spill over onto the street near our children. Look, even a legitimate bar can cause problems in a RESIDENTIAL AREA. Most of the local establishments are not right on top of residences like this is. Please understand. We don't question his right to open his business and sure, a nice building is an improvement over a run-down shack. Just put the darn thing in a commercial location. (And NO, I don't think it will lead me to hell, thank God. ) :-)
Kevin October 27, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Dear NBellmore Mom, Please don't try and make this into a religious issue because it's not. It's about children and the character of our communities. Also It is not under the radar and most people in the area do not want it and have made complaints. His violations and police reports are obviously kept quiet for whatever reason. He is operating across from a school and has endangered the public by using the basement for parties. Please stop by if you see us out there and we can discuss more about our opposition. Most people can see the legal and community aspect of this issue.
Denise October 27, 2011 at 04:14 PM
HEY where did my comment go! Did I say something wrong? Oh Wait ... I know It didn't fit with the one sided views here. I happen to think the building is an improvement to the location! I hope to see this entertainment establishment OPEN! SO THERE~!
Zee October 27, 2011 at 04:41 PM
My comment was deleted as well. Anyway, back to the issue. This is an issue that affects our entire community. It WILL have a significant impact on our real estate value. Think about it. Who will want to buy a home on Oakland Avenue or the surrounding blocks when there is a nightclub that operates until 4am on the corner? Also, the parking will become an issue. People that live on neighboring streets will not be able to park in front of their OWN HOMES. Alternately, customers will be parking across Sunrise Hwy which we all know will unfortunately lead to a catastrophe. How many accidents have happened this year alone on Hempstead Turnpike from people walking across the street late at night leaving a bar. Im all for businesses picking the right location. This particular business should not be allowed to open in a residential area.
Vinny Ciro October 27, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Dear Denise, Obviously we disagree on the strip club issue BUT I have to support you here. Your comment should still be here! There was nothing inappropriate about it that I could see. Hopefully, it was an error that will be corrected by the gentleman who oversees this site. He is the only one who can delete postings.
Chris Wendt October 27, 2011 at 05:13 PM
This thread is actually about a North Bellmore establishment whose Public Assembly license is up for review now for possible renewal as it exires November 15th, and whose Cabaret Permit expires in the spring. It seems that there are violations to be cleared or addressed that could effect the Public Assembly license. These are not morality issues, they are adminisrative, legal and due process issues. They speak to the ability and willingness of the Town to properly enforce the law, meaning its and the county's and state's codes and ordinances. An issue has been raised about the appropriateness of the type of cabaret permit currently held, vis-a-vis the type of activity actually taking place in the establishment. The reported (unauthorized) use of the basement for parties, taken in the context of the statement that a permit to use that basement for parties had been denied could possibly speak, in my opinion, to a number of scenarios, such as possible ignorance of the applicable code, or possible disregard of an administrative ruling, or perhaps the need for a higher level of concern by the proprietors for the life safety of patrons and employees who could be in the basement for parties held there. I do not know which of those scenario(s), if any, are correct. There could be some other explanation, of course.
Vinny Ciro October 27, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Well said!
Thomas October 27, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Comming soon to a town near you. http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/long-island-now-1.1732330/amityville-bar-could-lose-cabaret-license-1.3276797
Gla October 27, 2011 at 07:44 PM
I want men of color on stage!!!
Vinny Ciro October 27, 2011 at 10:16 PM
Serendipity October 27, 2011 at 11:11 PM
These type of uses by their very nature impact the area as a whole. Municipal Regulation of Adult Uses-State of New York http://www.dos.ny.gov/cnsl/lu03.htm TOH Code- Town of Hempstead [Effective 10-2-1993] § 383 Legislative intent. A. In the execution of this article it is recognized that there are some uses which, due to their very nature, have serious objectionable characteristics. The objectionable characteristics of these uses are further heightened by their concentration in any one area, thereby having deleterious effects on adjacent areas. Special regulation of these uses is necessary to ensure that these adverse effects will not contribute to the blighting or downgrading of the surrounding neighborhoods or land uses. B. It is further declared that the location of these uses in regard to areas where our youth may regularly assemble and the general atmosphere encompassing their operation is of great concern to the Town of Hempstead. C. These special regulations are itemized in this article to accomplish the primary purposes of preventing a concentration of these uses in any one area and restricting their accessibility to minors.
Serendipity October 27, 2011 at 11:16 PM
§ 385 Restrictions. Notwithstanding any provision of this article to the contrary, the adult uses defined above shall be restricted as to location in the following manner in addition to any other requirements of the Building Zone Ordinance or Town Code: A. Any of the above uses shall not be located within a five-hundred-foot radius of any residence district or any edu-cultural district. B. Any of the above uses shall not be located within a five-hundred-foot radius of another such use. C. Any of the above uses shall not be located within a five-hundred-foot radius of any school, church or other place of religious worship, park, playground or playing field.
Serendipity October 27, 2011 at 11:40 PM
2 previous posts deleted including web search results of No Bellmore address and TOH code as to the nature and impact of Adult Uses on the surrounding community.
Serendipity October 27, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Wantagh Billy Dean Opponents Take Protest… 22 comments-where are the rest of the comments?
Patrick October 28, 2011 at 03:07 AM
Lets talk morality, here. I read a very disturbing article in the LI Herald that indicates that Kevin and Vinny penned a letter to constituants in the 5th district that implicates Chris Browne in some complicit act that led to Billy Dean receiving his permits in some clandestine manner. This letter is probably the most blatant attempt at a political smear as i have ever seen. The letter accuses Mr. Browne of backroom shennanigans in the granting of the permits, when he was not even present at the vote at which the permit was granted. Mr Browne is running for public office against Joseph Scannell, who happens to be a republican incumbent, and friendly with the legislator from the 19th district, Dave Denenberg, who has associated himself with Kevin Milano and his quest. Imagine if you Kevin, or you Vinny, were in a position in which public trust and being a morally upstanding person was the cornerstone of your platform, and someone made outrageous statements attacking those attributes. Imagine if you were a public servant, up for a promotion or some type of accolade, and I wrote a letter to your constituants or administrators that you were morally compromised, because, hypothetically, you were married and had an affair with a co-worker. This scenario is no different from what you have done, and I hope that you upstading moral conservatives have no skeketons, because if you do, hypocrite does not even begin to describe you people.
Patrick October 28, 2011 at 12:24 PM
A mistake Vinny? So I guess we can chalk up the dozens of my post and any posts supporting the business as a mistake. As you state in your response, Andrew Coen is the only person who can delete posts. Again, 100% wrong. I have spoken to Andrew at length about this topic and he has told me that the Patch has never removed any posts. The only people that are removing post are the people opposed to this business, so that YOU and your people can use the Patch as your own personal media outlet. That, my friend, is absolute fact. Vinny, what about the letter you and Kevinn wrote to the people of the 5th district? That letter was patently false, why don't you comment on that article in the LI Herald? I know, you don't want to face up to the reality that the tactics you are using are so disgusting. But you signed that letter along with Kevin Milano, and even the politician that you thought you were helping has distanced himself from you. If there are so many people that are against this business, why is it only you and Kevin protesting and carrying the torch? Your silence to this matter does not diminish my resolve, and I will continue to out frauds like you who are only looking for face time. Your choice to only speak to people that you deem worthy, is a direct reflection of your character. If you are the person to be vocal in opposition to this business you must address all of your opposition, or you will never be taken seriously. Now, please respond to my queries.
Patrick October 28, 2011 at 12:58 PM
The infoirmation you are referring to has to do with an ADULT cabaret, which allows nudity. There is no nudity at the Bellmore location, and as you can read in the above article, it has been investigated by the TOH and no indications of a violation with regards to nudity. Did you read the article prior to your post? Because if you did, you would have known that the restrictions that you posted do not pertain to the Bellmore location.
Kevin October 28, 2011 at 01:03 PM
This is not a moral issue for our communities. This is about the Town of Hempstead having Zoning Codes which are not being followed and then the BZA issues the same type of license for these Two Strip Club owners to open the same establishment in Wantagh. As Chris has presented we want the zoning codes enforced. The suspision was always there from our communities after the President of the Wantagh Republican Club wrote a character reference for the two Strip Club owners to the Republican led BZA. Also that the conditions they gave the Two Strip Club owners was similar to the conditions they have at their Strip Club in Bellmore. And if you can't have Adult entertainment with a Cabaret license, why would you need to put conditions in anyway. Then the BZA, with Mr. Browne, voted to give the two Strip Club owners a PERMANENT cabaret license even though they put conditions in that would make you think they were suspisious of what kind of entertainment would be going on. This fight is not going to end until we win one way or the other. The character and safety of our communities is at stake.I hope our local officials realize this.
Patrick October 28, 2011 at 01:11 PM
Kevin, where in the mom post does it make it into a religious issue? She says leap you to hell, what does that mean. YOU have made this into a religious issue, by trotting out a priest at the hearing on May 18th, or have you forgotten that.You say "most people do not want it", how many people have you spoken to in that neighborhood, and how many complaints have been registered by the local residents? Where were the complaints filed? If this is the case, as stated before, it is all public information and you should provide factual evedence of these complaints in your posts. But you won't. because you never do.
Jon October 28, 2011 at 02:14 PM
People.....This is not going to be a strip club. This is going to be a dinner theater. People need to stop playing into your little strip club in wantagh conspiracy theory. Hope you figured out your mistake before more folks and businesses sue you, or your school district and Union boot you for all this.
Jon October 28, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Kevin Milano was the one that filed the complaints. He did it every night for awhile until the Police told him to stop calling about it.
Kevin October 28, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Jon, I never made a complaint as you are reporting so I would appreciate it if you would not put deflamatory comments like that out there. If you are so sure about "family entertainment" how about you pay all the residents the value of their home price dropping if the "Mile High Club" becomes a Strip Club.


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