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Court Upholds Denial Of Permit For Cabaret In Wantagh

The site of the Billy Dean cabaret - Wantagh, NY - May 19, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

The site of the Billy Dean cabaret – Wantagh, NY – May 19, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

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WANTAGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - The New York State Supreme Court has upheld a town’s denial of a Long Island strip club owner’s quest to open a new cabaret, WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported.

WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall On The Story


Billy Dean wanted to open the cabaret in Wantagh, just a stone’s throw from a residential area. Residents were outraged because they did not want the cabaret near their children.

They believed the business would be a strip club. Dean said the business would only have dancers in costumes.

The town of Hempstead denied Dean a permit to open the business, and Dean took the fight to court, but, in the end, the town won.

“This type of a business absolutely does not fit in with and does not conform with our suburban quality of life that we’re always trying to preserve,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray told Hall. “They want to preserve the neighborhood. They want to make sure that their families [and] their children grow up in a wholesome atmosphere.”

Dean’s attorney said he was very surprised and disappointed, and will appeal the ruling.

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