BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Neighbors in Buffalo’s Bailey Clinton neighborhood want to make sure a strip club on Clinton Street stays closed.
“When this place is closed, when the sign is down and there’s a for sale sign, we’ll all be happy,” said Gail Ziolkowski, who lives nearby.
She was one of many neighbors who petitioned city leaders at a block club meeting Tuesday night. They say Tiffany’s Cabaret has brought trouble to their neighborhood.
“I’ve seen a lot of shootings,” said Mary Pendziwiater. “I’ve heard sounds like fireworks, at that time we get up, look out, it’s usually a gun shooting.”
Buffalo Police confirm since January 2016 there have been two reports of shots fired there and one shooting on April 30. Buffalo Police closed it down after the shooting.
“We will do everything in our power to see this club remains closed forever,” said Common Council Member David Franczyk, who represents the Fillmore District.
He said after shootings in 2010, he proposed a resolution to close the club, known as Chit Chat. Franczyk said the Council held a hearing and met with police and the division of licensing but learned it didn’t have the authority to close the club.
Now the operator has handed in his liquor license so it should remain closed for good, according to Franczyk.
Ziolkowski has lived nearby for more than 50 years and said there’s no guarantee a different strip club won’t open there.
“It’s a pattern, it closes and it opens under a totally different name and we’re back in business,” she said.
Franczyk said he understands.
“We don’t want to see another club like that open in that neighborhood,” he said. “New clubs like this have the right to exist in our society, yes they do.”
Franczyk said however, city ordinances need to be updated.
Neighbors are hopeful the property can be turned around
“Would be nice if it were a restaurant, something decent,” said Pendziwiater. “A long time ago it was a restaurant.”
The owner of Tiffany’s Cabaret was not at the block club meeting.