State A.G. Christopher Porrino and the state Division of Alcohol Beverage Control have ordered A.J.'s Gentleman's Club in Secaucus to sell or transfer its liquor license to a third party by Jan 3, per a press release.
The order also applies to the Satin Dolls strip club in Lodi, N.J. The latter club served as the fictional "Bada Bing" club in the HBO series "The Sopranos."The order comes because alleged mob informant Anthony Cardinalle, who was allegedly criminally disqualified from operating both clubs, allegedly continued doing so after the fact, the release says. It also alleges that the owners did not account for large amounts of cash flowing in and out of the businesses.
Both clubs also have until Dec. 17 to cease providing live entertainment, the release said. Should they ignore that order, the Division will immediately suspend their licenses and the owners will be subject to disciplinary charges.
"Anthony Cardinalle plead guilty in 1995 to federal income tax evasion for [allegedly] not reporting cash payments from 'gentleman’s clubs' in which he held undisclosed interests," the release said. "During the Division’s investigation, evidence was [allegedly] uncovered that Anthony Cardinalle was still actively involved with running the clubs."
The federal government also indicted Cardinalle in Jan. 2013 for allegedly "participating in a conspiracy by the Genovese crime family related to the waste-disposal industry in New Jersey and New York."
That December, he pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit extortion and was ordered to spend 30 days in jail and pay a fine and restitution.
"The Cardinalles may have wanted to keep the business in the family, but that’s not how it works. Their continued [alleged] flouting of Alcoholic Beverage Control laws cannot and will not be tolerated,” said Porrino in the release. “Illegal activity was glorified at the ‘Bada Bing’ in the fictional world of Tony Soprano, but it has no place in modern-day New Jersey. It’s time to shut it down.”
How you can donate to victims of recent Secaucus fire
The Secaucus Emergency Fund is collecting donations for victims of a recent fire on Hagan Place. The blaze began at 250 Hagan Place early Monday, Dec. 11. It soon spread to a home at 244 Hagan Place, an article said. The homes reportedly sustained heavy damage.
As a result, neither is habitable at the moment. The town has assisted the affected families with temporary housing until they can return. In the meantime, you can give monetary donations for the families at http://www.secaucusemergencyfund.org. You can also drop off a check at 101 Centre Ave. Contact the fund at (201) 921-7678 for more information.
Street sweeping suspended through March
The town is suspending street sweeping from Dec. 18 through March 19, to help give municipal workers a reprieve from the coldest winter months.
Beyond The Bell registration open until Dec. 21
Beyond the Bell is an after-school enrichment program for K-5 students in both the Huber Street and Clarendon elementary schools. Each school year has three eight-week sessions (fall, winter, and spring) which include a variety of classes taught by local school teachers and academic vendors. In these classes, students will be able to work closely with the instructor and increase their academic performance by engaging in fun, hands-on activities that will also help keep a positive view of school culture.
Recent studies have shown many benefits to enrolling students in quality after-school programs, such as improved academic performance, fewer behavioral issues, and higher attendance rate. Classes start Jan. 16 and run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Parents can sign up through the Community Pass. Visit http://secaucusnj.gov/ for more information.
Secaucus Police participate in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign
Law enforcement officers from the Secaucus Police Department are cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the 2017 Year End Holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
Through Jan. 1, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and display signs. Launched across the United States in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during some of the busiest travel times of the year, including the Year End Holiday period.
For the five year period 2011-2015, the state experienced approximately 39,485 alcohol involved crashes, resulting in 778 fatalities. This project will provide funding to implement a statewide impaired driving enforcement campaign as part of the 2017 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Year End Holiday Crackdown. The objective is to reduce the rate of alcohol-related driving fatalities in the state by 24.20 percent.