Attorney Says 'Commingling' Ruling Expected Soon

10:39 PM, Mar 10, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - The attorney representing the Chippewa bars and one teenager in a lawsuit against the city on commingling, says a court ruling should be made in the coming days, possibly as early as next week.

Paul Cambria says that the ruling will be coming from a state Supreme Court judge.

Both the city and the clubs, which include Lux and Bayou have made their legal arguments.

Almost two months ago, the bars and clubs filed a lawsuit against the city claiming that Buffalo's commingling law is unconstitutional. Lawyers for the city say it has the right to regulate who can go into Chippewa bars, while the bars and clubs say the law hurts their business financially.

Last April, Buffalo Common Council passed a law banning anyone under 21 from going into bars, taverns and clubs on Chippewa, unless a special event permit was issued by the city.

"It's an overkill, you don't do that, you don't violate an adult's constitutional rights in order to address some issue that can be addressed by just enforcing the law that we already have," said Cambria.

Colin Miller, a 19-year-old college student, who's a plaintiff in the lawsuit claims he's being discriminated against for not being allowed to go to the clubs and bars on the Chip-Strip.

There was an allowance for young people, 18 to 20-years-old to live the Chippewa nightlife on Thursday nights.

But since October, no one of that age has been allowed into Chippewa lounges, bars or clubs any night of the week.

2 On Your Side's Jeff Preval reached out to several Common Council members for comment, as well as the city.

Council member David Rivera says there should be consistency with the law within the city and whatever the rule is it should be applied to all businesses that serve alcohol within Buffalo.

Council member Darius Pridgen, who's district contains the Chippewa strip has said to us in the past that he's looking to adjust the law.


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