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Gates police chief: Buck stops with Diplomat operators

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After a brawl last month, that led to multiple shots fired, the Gates police chief says the owners of the Diplomat Party House are ultimately who is responsible for letting the situation spiral out of control.

The business manager of the Diplomat in Gates is now facing charges after a large fight last month where several people opened fire.

Officers say Louis Polizzi, who is the son of the owner, “recklessly created an environment that endangered the safety or health of many individuals.” He is charged with criminal nuisance in the second degree.

Police are also seeking $4,500 in restitution for overtime resulting from the investigation.

On January 13, police say a melee broke out at the Gates party venue where at least three men opened fire. Thankfully, no one was hit by the gunfire, but others were injured in the chaos. Six people have now been charged with crimes related to the incident.

On top of all that, police say they have submitted a report to the health department after a bartender was spotted on video spitting into ice used in drinks.

Police have requested the New York State Alcohol Beverage Control Board review the bar’s license.

Officers say the bar has already agreed to cancel a party set for this Sunday.

At the same time, police say they are speaking with the owners of another bar in the town where a party is planned this weekend by the promoter involved in the Schramrock’s fight last weekend. At Schramrock’s, police say an overcrowded bar led to a number of fights and chaos where three men were stabbed.

The chief writes, “These parties/concerts are a ‘money grab’ for the promoters and property owners. We will hold these individuals responsible for the safety of our community and attendees. Appropriate security and safety plans need to be in place.”

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