Mamaroneck Residents Make Noise About Molly Spillane's Noise Levels

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Molly Spillane's special permit renewal has created a debate over the noise it creates. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Molly Spillane's owner Mike Hynes defends his bar's value to Mamaroneck at a public hearing June 5.
Molly Spillane's owner Mike Hynes defends his bar's value to Mamaroneck at a public hearing June 5. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Kate Priest, who lives on Prospect Avenue, called Molly Spillane's petition "misleading" and "last minute."
Kate Priest, who lives on Prospect Avenue, called Molly Spillane's petition "misleading" and "last minute." Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Dozens of residents turned out for a public hearing June 5 on Molly Spillane's special permit renewal.
Dozens of residents turned out for a public hearing June 5 on Molly Spillane's special permit renewal. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Residents raise their hands in agreement with a petition's claims that Molly Spillane's affects their quality of life.
Residents raise their hands in agreement with a petition's claims that Molly Spillane's affects their quality of life. Photo Credit: LMC-TV.org

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Nearly 200 Village of Mamaroneck residents have signed a petition urging the village Zoning Board to consider the more than 100 noise complaints made against Molly Spillane’s before renewing its special permit.

Kate Priest, who helped organize the petition, lives on Prospect Avenue and says she and 183 of her neighbors are “sick and tired of Molly Spillane’s lack of consideration for our neighborhood.” The petition states that the bar is not complying with the village code and that the village isn’t enforcing the code.

While there have been 148 noise complaints from 2011 to 2013, none have resulted in a violation, according to attorney Paul Noto, who represents Molly Spillane’s.

The resident petition demands that the Zoning Board make assurances that the bar’s special permit and village codes be enforced.

“We want action taken now by whatever means to reduce Molly Spillane’s noise and negative impact on our neighborhood,” Priest said at a June 5 public hearing on the special permit renewal.

Evelyn Marmolejo, who has lived across the street from Molly Spillane’s for five years, was one of many to speak at the public hearing. She said her son is often woken up late at night by people talking and cursing on the bar’s back patio.

Like Marmolejo, about 90 percent of the signatures are from people who live within a two-block radius of the bar, and 144 of those have children, Priest said.

Noto said most who spoke at the public hearing took issue with customers talking loudly and not with the music level. After 11 p.m. amplified music on the back patio is forbidden and windows must be closed under the bar’s special permit. He added that if you live in a commercial area, like Mamaroneck Avenue, you have to expect commercial activity and, consequently, some noise.

Residents shouted from the crowd, “not at 2 a.m.”

Molly Spillane’s owner Mike Hynes said they created their own petition and have nearly 600 signatures online and more than 400 customers have signed a physical petition at the bar. 

The resident petition lists the addresses of those who have signed. The bar's petition does not, and Priest questioned whether those are from Mamaroneck residents. Hynes said they are mostly local people. 

Hynes said many of the resident petition signatures are from Regatta residents, whose board has stated it will not take a position. 

The Zoning Board’s next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 7 where a vote may take place.

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