|SCENE OF THE CRIMES|
In August of 2013, I wrote a blog post on what I viewed as the "menace to society" created by the crime-ridden Clinton Deli & Liquors, located on West Front Street in the Fourth Ward. Not only did the owners allow drugs to be sold and criminality to continue at their store, but they (Naicken and his daughter) were ARRESTED for selling alcohol to a minor and drugs from behind the counter. In our council packets were all the documents--including their MUG SHOTS from the arrests--which I made sure everyone took a second look at. See my post here.
Unbelievably, several councilors (Reid, Rivers, and Greaves) defended Naicken, saying that he deserved "another chance" and that he was a tax payer in the city. A quick look at the tax records will show that some were in arrears to the tune of thousands of dollars--but some councilors don't care about whether business owners pay their taxes--many don't care to pay their own taxes in a timely fashion or at all--hypocrisy reigns. It was only because of public pressure that those councilors backed down from the indefensible position they originally took (much like the pressure brought to bear upon them to change their stance regarding the Liberty Village PILOT).
This year, the police have once again urged non-renewal of the menace's liquor license. The council should unanimously support the police position. Any councilor who thinks that the desires of the owners who continue to break the law and allow criminality in their store should outweigh Plainfield's public safety needs to consider his or her duty to the residents of this city. I will repeat some of what I said last year:
From August 15, 2013: "The owner has shown contempt and disregard for the law here in Plainfield, and the fact that BOTH THE OWNER AND HIS DAUGHTER WERE RECENTLY ARRESTED AT THE STORE FOR SELLING ALCOHOL TO A MINOR AND DRUGS (!!!), respectively, shows that they feel they can do whatever they want.It is OUTRAGEOUS to even consider allowing these individuals to continue to endanger our kids and our community!
A liquor license is a privilege, not a right. [Naicken] has abused that privilege--being part and parcel of the criminality that he allows to occur in his store. Since the Monday council meeting, I have heard from 4th Ward residents [and many others since] who expressed that they will be happy if the council denies the menace a liquor license."