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Neighbors to O’Toole’s Tavern in Auburn bring concerns to the nuisance board

With the new nuisance board in full swing in Auburn, one of the issues brought up last week included a bar on Osborne Street.

O’Toole’s Tavern was the business being referenced, with a neighbor claiming customers of the bar regularly drive on his lawn, litter his property with bottles and condom wrappers, wake him and his wife up often, and urinate on his flowers.

During the neighbor’s complaint, he learned that the parking lot, owned by the city of Auburn, is actually rented to the bar.


The suggested resolution was to send the complaint to the New York State Liquor Authority, an organization with the power to pull an establishment’s liquor license if they fail to maintain a safe parking lot. 21 calls have been made to police on the bar since June of 2020.

The neighbor and his wife moved to their home on Osborne Street in December, and when he brought the complaints straight to the bar owner, Jack Voorhees, he said the owner asked him what he expected moving into a house across the street from a bar and ignored his complaints.

In order to try to “take back” Osborne street, a street that many neighbors feel that Vorhees acts like he “owns”, one of the neighbors is attempting to submit a proposal to lease the property Vorhees currently leases.

He plans to start a community garden if the lease in approved.



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