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Billy Dean's Wantagh Cabaret Application Appeal Hearing Scheduled for Wednesday

North Bellmore strip club owner's suit against Town of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals for rejecting his Sunrise Highway application is on Nassau County Supreme Court calendar for Wednesday morning.

North Bellmore strip club owner Billy Dean’s against the Town of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) after it a cabaret application for his planned Wantagh business is scheduled to be heard at Nassau County Supreme Court in Mineola this Wednesday.

Dean’s suit against the town, filed in Nassau County Supreme Court last October, argues that the Hempstead BZA should have never revoked its original June 2010 approval for cabaret usage on 3500 Sunrise Highway in Wantagh. The zoning board decided last March to schedule a of Dean’s application under the name Green 2009, Inc. due to vocal  that mounted against the development as well as a belief that not enough people were notified of the original hearing. Many protests have been held in front of 3500 Sunrise Hwy. in the  last year because of fears that Dean will operate his Wantagh establishment similar to in North Bellmore, which is advertised on its website as Long Island’s No. 1 strip club.

Wednesday’s hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. is being heard by Judge Antonio Brandveen. The law firm retained by the Town of Hempstead to fight Dean’s appeal is Berkman, HenochPeterson, Peddy & Fenchel, P.C. in Garden City.

"We will absolutely defend the decision of the board vigoursly in court by all means possible," said Town of Hempstead spokesman Mike Deery. 

Dean’s attorney William Cohn could not be reached for comment but said in October that his client’s suit is aimed at reversing the BZA's late August ruling and does not seek any monetary damages from the town. The suit argues that the zoning board "had no basis" for revoking its previous approval of cabaret on 3500 Sunrise Hwy., which Dean acquired in 2009 for $950,000. The property on the corner of Oakland Avenue has had cabaret usage for previously opened bars and restaurants going back to the late 60's, the suit points out.

If Dean, a Commack resident, is able to get the BZA’s decision reversed and be granted a cabaret license, it would enable the 3500 Sunrise Highway business to offer live music, dancing and entertainment. The cabaret usage would not however permit topless or nude entertainment.

Billy Dean’s website provides a link with information that describes the planned business as one that will offer dinner entertainment with audience participation catering to bachelor, bachelorette and birthday parties. Dean  his planned business during a May 18 zoning board hearing as one that would feature “a Las Vegas style feel” with jugglers, knife throwers and dancers.

Ozone Park Native February 27, 2012 at 11:53 AM
A "Las Vegas Style Feel"??????? Are you kidding me??? If people want Las Vegas they will fly there - This is a "Family" oriented community - the last thing we need is a "STRIP CLUB" Be honest and call it what it is.....Mr. Dean, in 2 words GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Take your disgusting strip club with you.
Truth be told February 27, 2012 at 01:34 PM
A strip club can bring a bad element into town (prostatution and drugs) and this will cause housing values in the area to drop. The building is a few blocks from a school and next to resident homes. The last thing the community needs is people stumbling out of a strip club in the early morning and walking through the community as residents bring their children to the bus stop. Mr Dean also purchased the home directly behing the strip club to limit the opposition of homes with in 100 feet.
Vinny Ciro February 27, 2012 at 06:19 PM
God willing, the court will keep this type of low-life "entertainment" out of our community.
Truth be told February 27, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Jon I guess you missed the part that stated"The cabaret usage would not however permit topless or nude entertainment." Do you think that an already established strip club owner is looking to open a family Vegas type show and not have his entertainment go topless? If so I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. Ps where are all the windows? What are they trying to hide
Thomas February 27, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The club in Bellmore only has a cabaret license as well.....
Chris Wendt February 27, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Knife throwing acts...yeah, that is what guys are looking to see at their Bachelor party, knife-throwing at the 'wheel of death'. Right? I looked up knife throwing, and the nearest places you can find that form of ""entertainment"" is South Carolina or Michigan. The one guy also throws hatchets and tomahawks at the girl spinning 'round on the 'wheel of death'. Whoopedy-doo! For those bachelors and especially for the bachelorettes, I guess the juggling acts would be enough to attract them and their money to satisfy and gratify. But you can see plenty of juggling in Washington Square Park, for FREE! Wantagh does not need any of this honkey-tonk style entertainment, even if we don't get what bachelor parties are all about. Except, but, however, we get it!
Merrick7 February 27, 2012 at 09:28 PM
They should uphold the reversal for a cabaret license and revoke his current one in North Bellmore
Ozone Park Native February 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM
To all above! Thank you for speaking out - this guy will bring nothing but trouble is right. I remember when I bought my house out here - I bought a neighborhood and a good school, not a house, LOL - Now this guy comes in??? No way - not in our backyards!!! Thank you again all.....
Ozone Park Native February 27, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Actually, we might not have enough police anymore if they close half of the precincts - so with that, yes there would be a larger issue to consider. There wouldn't be enough to patrol the area. He needs to stay out of communities such as ours. Period
Chris Wendt February 28, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Eric, do you really expect the police to expend resources checking on the attire of women at bachelor parties? If the covenants of a cabaret license are not adhered to, that is not a crime for the County police to handle; it would be a violation of the Town code, for the Town code enforcement people to deal with, and maybe a $50 fine and a stern warning. Maybe.
Ozone Park Native February 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Chris - Perfect, thank you....Are we allowed to attend this hearing today??? Anyone know? Will they listen to the residents at all at this hearing?
Ozone Park Native February 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Patrick - Thank you - I'm bringing friends....The Town better do the right thing here -
EJ48 February 29, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Not in favor of granting a license. BUT, if the plain meaning of the Code cannot be enforced I would suggest the problem is systemic.
Patrick February 29, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Who are you to determine who has the right to do anything? Have you spoken to Mr. Dean about his plans, or are you just another lemming? Until you gather your own facts, keep your opinions to yourself. Exploit young people, rediculous. If Billy Dean takes a hit, it is you and every other TOH homeowner who will share in that hit, because when the TOH loses the lawsuit, it is the residents who pay the restitution. Another wonderful FACT you people are all ignoring.
Andrew Coen February 29, 2012 at 11:57 PM
@Patrick- The hearing was postponed until March 14 http://patch.com/A-rnfL
Ozone Park Native March 01, 2012 at 10:25 AM
@Andrew - Thank you - but I don't get why this gets postponed, why can't the town just keep their decision in place? Sounds like stall tactics to me...??
Patrick March 01, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Ozone, apparently you are not very familiar with what is going on here. The TOH has absolutely nothing to do with the proceedings going forward other than having to defend their rediculous decision to revoke the permit. It is in the courts now, and finally the law will be followed. Emotion and public sentiment will be set aside, which is the only thing that cased the reversal of the original decision.
Ozone Park Native March 01, 2012 at 05:57 PM
@Patrick - Thank you....from your tone I'm guessing you are in favor of this establishment being open in the middle of a residential area?
Diane Stephan March 01, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Have there been issues with the one that is operating in Bellmore? I only ask because I've never noticed the place while driving over there, and have not heard of any issues. Not saying I'm in favor, but it would be nice to back up an argument.
Richard Herman March 02, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Billy Dean also purchased the house adjacent to the proposed "Club". Club plans showed no changing rooms or office. Dean said performers would change in the kitchen. Dean will likely use the residence as a business office, illegally. Also, it is likely that the house will serve as a brothel.
Patrick March 03, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Another foolish comment aimed at trying to fan the flames. Richard, stop the ridiculousness, you only make yourself look that much more uninformed. Please return to beneath the rock from which you crawled.
Ozone Park Native March 03, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Let me ask Patrick...Do u work for Dean?..Your comments come across like you do and that you are in favor of this disgusting establishment.
Chris Wendt March 03, 2012 at 09:18 PM
There is an expression well worth heeding in internet venues where people post anonymous comments. It goes like this: "DNFTT". For further guidance, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)
Patrick March 04, 2012 at 03:10 AM
ozone, no, and what is so disgusting
Patrick March 04, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Chris, because you use your last name, does that make you more relevant? Troll? Anonymous? Why don't you ask Kevin, no last name, who I am, he knows. Ask Vinny, he knows. Why don't you attempt to rebut what I posted about the decision rather than just trying to discredit me. Oh, thats right, you can't, because that's all you have. Ignoring, check the root, Chris.
Rev. Dr. David Adamovich March 04, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I replied in an effort to educate you all: Mr. Wendt, Mr. Ciro and Ms. DeVita, please go here, www.knifethrower.com/patch.html and learn something about the variety arts, variety artists and cabaret performers. Incidentally, I don't come from South Carolina or Michigan. I'm the most famous knife thrower in the world and I live in Freeport, NY. When Mr. Dean opens his club and if I'm asked to perform there, I'd love to have you as my guest so you can appreciate the fine talent of variety artists he plans on bringing in. I say the same thing to all the critics who've been attacking Mr. Dean for something he hasn't done or plan to do, i.e. open a strip club in your lovely town. If you don't like the variety arts then don't go. If Mr. Dean violates the law (HE HASN'T YET — but you obviously wish he does,) and if all your predictions about the future and what type of establishment he opens actually come true then good for you. Go there and shut him down. If he doesn't, however, I suppose you'll feel pretty silly about all the time you wasted attacking him (and me as the "bozo" knife thrower, "low-life" entertainment from Vegas, and no-teeth drunk he-haw in the back of a pick-up truck type individual) when you could have spent that time at home with your family being a productive member of society instead of wasting it on a picket line hoping, wishing and praying Mr. Dean breaks the law so you could have the pleasure of shutting him down. Most Respectively, David R. Adamovich
Rev. Dr. David Adamovich March 04, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I replied in an effort to educate you all: Mr. Wendt, Mr. Ciro and Ms. DeVita, please go here, www.knifethrower.com/patch.html and learn something about the variety arts, variety artists and cabaret performers. Incidentally, I don't come from South Carolina or Michigan. I'm the most famous knife thrower in the world and I live in Freeport, NY. When Mr. Dean opens his club and if I'm asked to perform there, I'd love to have you as my guest so you can appreciate the fine talent of variety artists he plans on bringing in. I say the same thing to all the critics who've been attacking Mr. Dean for something he hasn't done or plan to do, i.e. open a strip club in your lovely town. If you don't like the variety arts then don't go. If Mr. Dean violates the law (HE HASN'T YET — but you obviously wish he does,) and if all your predictions about the future and what type of establishment he opens actually come true then good for you. Go there and shut him down. If he doesn't, however, I suppose you'll feel pretty silly about all the time you wasted attacking him (and me as the "bozo" knife thrower, "low-life" entertainment from Vegas, and no-teeth drunk he-haw in the back of a pick-up truck type individual) when you could have spent that time at home with your family being a productive member of society instead of wasting it on a picket line hoping, wishing and praying Mr. Dean breaks the law so you could have the pleasure of shutting him down. Most Respectively, David R. Adamovich
John March 10, 2012 at 09:45 PM
What nobody seems to have mentioned, is, no matter if the building is outfitted as a winter home for Cirque du Soliel rehearsals, no restaurant/cabaret/ginmill/bar at that location has EVER amounted to anything - hence the need to generate free publicity in any and all media for this recent venture. Unless Mr. Billy has plans for LIRR commuters or tour groups being bussed or limoed in, the place is going to be another failure, because a night club just doesn't make it there. Unlike other incarnations, though, at least this building can be re-used as something else: looks like it would make a good location for a science testing lab or a cemetery monument showroom - both of which wouldn't need a parking variance, as a "low trafficked" business.
RMoore March 12, 2012 at 05:06 PM
COURT HEARING UPDATE NYS SUPREME COURT-NASSAU COUNTY HEARING RESCHEDULED FOR WED. MARCH 14, 2012 9AM JUDGE BRANDVEEN
RMoore March 13, 2012 at 09:35 PM
http://wantagh.patch.com/articles/hempstead-turnpike-sunrise-highway-among-region-s-most-dangerous-roads Hempstead Turnpike, Sunrise Highway Among Region's Most Dangerous Roads REMINDER COURT HEARING UPDATE NYS SUPREME COURT-NASSAU COUNTY HEARING RESCHEDULED FOR WED. MARCH 14, 2012 9AM JUDGE BRANDVEEN RE; CASE-ARTICLE 78; GREEN 2009, INC. 3500 SUNRISE HWY., WANTAGH NY CABARET USE DENIAL

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