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Community board chairman says ‘no excuses’ for 93 Lounge

Community Board 10 leaders are concerned over what is happening at 93 Lounge in Bay Ridge. This photo was taken during the daytime, when the place is closed. It opens at night. Eagle photo by Paula Katinas

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The infamous 93 Lounge incident is still the talk of Bay Ridge. 

In the wake of the indictment of two 93 Lounge patrons for allegedly plowing into several pedestrians outside the bar on 93rd Street, the chairman of the Bay Ridge community board said she will push city and state agencies to close the place down.

“There is no excuse for inaction,” Community Board 10 Chairman Joanne Seminara told the board at its Jan. 28 meeting.

The suspects, Amado Charles, 34, and Andrea Jobity, 39, were indicted on Jan. 25. The incident, which left several pedestrians injured, took place during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.

“This month we learned of the violent event that took place outside the 93 Lounge. The Brooklyn district attorney has reported the indictment of two patrons of the lounge who mowed down several people on the sidewalk outside the ‘establishment’ in the early morning hours. Our local elected leaders have pledged to advocate for the closure of this business whose liquor license applications we unanimously rejected more than once,” Seminara said.

As a sign of how concerned the community board is about the situation at 93 Lounge, Seminara held a meeting with a slew of law enforcement and State Liquor Authority (SLA) officials to talk about what could be done.

“For many reasons, this location is a magnet for more and more serious crimes and violations,” Seminara, a lawyer, said. 

“Several weeks ago, we convened an important meeting with all elected leaders, the Brooklyn DA, top level SLA officials and local law enforcement to highlight the community's concerns about this location. It is difficult for us to understand how it is allowed to continue to operate. The building has no Certificate of Occupancy and more than 49 building code violations,” Seminara said. 

“We call on all law enforcement and the Department of Buildings, the Department of Consumer Affairs, the SLA and every other agency with jurisdiction over this location to take immediate action to close this place until it is fully compliant,” Seminara said.

The indictment charges that, after leaving the 93 Lounge, at 315 93rd St., Charles and Jobity got into Charles’ car, a 2012 Acura, and that Charles intentionally drove into several people, seriously injuring two of them.

Charles also crashed into eight parked cars, according to the indictment.

Jobity, who was a passenger in the car, then climbed on top of Charles and drove the vehicle, crashing into parked vehicles, the indictment charges.

Charles has been indicted on charges of attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree, vehicular assault in the first degree, and driving while intoxicated.

Jobity was indicted on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated. She has been charged with DWI as a felony, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes who said she was previously convicted of driving while intoxicated.

Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said he has received reports of numerous fights at the location. “Enough is enough,” said Gentile, adding that he is trying to get authorities to close 93 Lounge.

February 4, 2013 - 12:20pm


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