Irish Cultural Center facing financial issues on top of lack of liquor license

The lack of a liquor license isn't the only issue facing the Irish Cultural Center. New information obtained by NEWSChannel 2 shows that the Center owes over 50 thousand dollars in taxes. A contractor that worked on the property, Sherman Construction has also filed a mechanics lien with the Columbia Street Property.

Posted: Jan 27, 2020 6:44 PM

UTICA, N.Y.--- The lack of a liquor license isn't the only issue facing the Irish Cultural Center. New information obtained by NEWSChannel 2 shows that the Center owes over 50 thousand dollars in taxes. A contractor that worked on the property, Sherman Construction has also filed a mechanics lien with the Columbia Street Property.

According to Utica Attorney Mark Wolber, a Mechanics Lien is when someone notifies a property owner that money is owed.

In this case, the center owes Sherman construction $67,247.

A former employee with the Cultural Center also told NEWSChannel 2 that John Sullivan, another contractor on the project is owed at least $200,000. We asked Sullivan for a more accurate number but he did not want to comment.

In regards to the liquor license, Lang said that it was a miscommunication from the original application. The ABC board thought that when the center applied for its license, that they were applying for just the pub, not the museum. 

"There was an occupancy that could enter the pub when it was not under the control of the licensees. That's not true. and we are clarifying that to the ABC board.," said Lang.

Lang states their original application covered the whole building.

According to the Center's Treasurer, Linda Voce, the Irish Cultural Center is still waiting for that 1 million dollar state grant. She said that once the grant money comes in, a lot of weight will be lifted off of their shoulders.

Lang tells NEWSChannel 2 that he is confident that these issues are just bumps in the road.

"Everything will be back to normal. And am I concerned? Of course, I am. Do I believe it will be rectified shortly? And do I also think because we are such a unique facility will this permanently hurt us? Absolutely not," said Lang.

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