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    (6/21/2007) Mayor DeStefano and Chief Ortiz Respond to Actions Against

    Site of Continuous Criminal Activity

    NEW HAVEN- Earlier today, the Department of Consumer Protection Liquor Control Commission decided not to approve an application to renew the liquor license for the Taurus Café, an establishment known for attracting significant criminal activity to the City’s Newhallville neighborhood.

    The Commission’s decision came after ten days of hearings where the Commission reviewed evidence and heard testimony from members of the community. The denial of the license renewal eases community concerns about violence at the Taurus Café as it removes an element in the neighborhood that led to issues of public safety.

    “The Taurus Café has been home to violence, narcotics, weapons and violence that spill out into our community causing significant concerns,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “The community fought hard to eliminate this nexus of crime and they should be very proud of how they’ve influenced today’s decision. Even if the owners of the Taurus try to come back and regain a liquor license, we’ll continue to fight them.”

    In recent months, individuals who testified against the Taurus Café, at Commission hearings, were victimized by means of an attempted home intrusion and a series of threats including those made to the attorney representing members of the community.

    “For some time now we’ve made it clear that the situation at this bar must change,” said Police Chief Francisco Ortiz. “Between the dedicated work of our residents and the collaboration of our district manager, we’ve hopefully eliminated a major source of violence in this neighborhood.”


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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