Hudson Brewing Company

The inside of Hudson Brewing Company, 99 S. Third St. The local farm brewery had its liquor license summarily suspended Friday after reopening illegally in defiance of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive NY On Pause order, which restricted bars and restaurants to delivery or take-out only March 19 to reduce the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

HUDSON - A city brewing company was charged and had its liquor license suspended after reopening illegally and allowing dozens of customers to gather in defiance of state mandates to reduce the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, officials said Friday.

The state Liquor Authority issued an emergency license suspension for the Hudson River Brewing LLC, operating as "Hudson Brewing" at 99 S. Third St., and charged the company with several violations Thursday, including failure to comply with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 executive orders relating to restaurant restrictions and failure to supervise the licensed premises, according to a statement Friday from the authority.

Liquor Authority investigators discovered 27 people drinking in and near Hudson Brewing on May 22 during a surprise, undercover visit to the local farm brewery. Some patrons were near the entrance while others tailgated, according to the authority.

Investigators entered the brewery and were served alcoholic beverages in unsealed plastic cups without food and customers were allowed to linger or congregate in and around the building, according to a statement from the authority. Both violate the authority's and state guidelines permitted under Cuomo's executive order. 

Hudson Brewing's liquor license permitted on-premises alcohol sales and was summarily suspended. Bars and restaurants statewide are restricted to delivery or take-out under Cuomo's 10-point NY On Pause order, which shuttered schools and nonessential businesses March 19 to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The emergency suspension was ordered by Chairman Vincent Bradley, Commissioner Lily Fan and Commissioner Greeley Ford at a special meeting of the full board Friday conducted by a digitally recorded video conference call per state social distancing guidelines. Boardmembers do not have confidence the licensee will follow the NY On Pause order going forward. 

“Despite prior warnings, this licensee continued to defy the governor’s executive order and flout every guideline the SLA has put in place to keep people safe,” SLA Chairman Vincent Bradley said in a statement Friday. “Now is not the time to become complacent, and the SLA will not hesitate to take immediate action against licensees whose actions threaten to derail the progress our state has made.”

Three days earlier, Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson and Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore warned Hudson Brewing owners about complying with state COVID-19 mandates after officials received numerous complaints. The Hudson Brewing Company Facebook page posted a photo of patrons congregating to drink outside, on premises, without enforcing social distancing, according to the authority.

The State Administrative Procedure Act authorizes a state agency to summarily suspend a license when the agency finds that public health, safety or welfare requires emergency action. When the authority summarily suspends a license, it also serves a Notice of Pleading alleging one or more disciplinary violations. In invoking a summary suspension, the authority has reviewed the violation and deemed it serious to warrant an immediate suspension, according to the authority.

The authority's decision to summarily suspend a license is not a final determination. The licensee is entitled to an expedited administrative law hearing before an administrative law judge. An order of summary suspension remains in effect until modified by authority or a reviewing court. 

(3) comments

Riverdweller

Tyranny? Ridiculous. This is a once in a lifetime public health crisis and a mature society should be cooperating with its expert advisors. I’ve enjoyed spending time with bartenders my whole life, but they don’t know what our public health leaders know. I am obeying reasonable restrictions out of concern for others, my loved ones, and myself. If you cannot comply and selfishly risk transmission of this virus, having a brew with your buds may mean you have blood on your hands, not pretzel salt. Grow up. Of course if you’re taking this position out of loyalty to Trump, then you need to look no further than him to see a tyrant.

columbiacountyoriginal

im guessing this big fear of the virus will not allow any forms of gathering like public protests right?

Filtercar

Salute them for opposing tyranny. I don't drink, but first chance I get I'm coming in and have whatever alcoholic beverage is popular at that time.

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