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Owera Vineyards attorney, owner deny knowledge of multiple operational violations

State Liquor Authority chair questions both on accuracy of statements

Owera Vineyards owner Nancy Muserlian, left, appeared with her attorney John P. Sidd, at the State Liquor Authority meeting on Jan. 3 in New York City for authority's reconsideration of Owera's application for a liquor license. Responding to a question from SLA Chair Dennis Rosen, both Muserlian and Sidd said they were unaware of the four operational violations against Owera in 2013.

Owera Vineyards owner Nancy Muserlian, left, appeared with her attorney John P. Sidd, at the State Liquor Authority meeting on Jan. 3 in New York City for authority's reconsideration of Owera's application for a liquor license. Responding to a question from SLA Chair Dennis Rosen, both Muserlian and Sidd said they were unaware of the four operational violations against Owera in 2013.

“Right now, it does not appear that they can provide enough water for some of these events,” Snyder said. “They need to resolve the water supply issues and get a permit from us before they can reopen and start the event tent.”

In addition to the county violations, Owera was issued two violations by the town of Cazenovia on Sept. 6, one for excessive and non-compliant lighting and one for excessive noise occurring after 10 p.m. The lighting violation listed four separate violative incidents; the noise violation listed nine specific violative incidents.

Both of these notices of violation were sent by certified mail to the Syracuse business offices of Peter Muserlian, husband of Nancy and the Owera representative at all recent municipal board hearings on the winery, according to town records. Cazenovia Town Codes Enforcement Officer Roger Cook said he also hand-delivered the notices of violation to Peter Muserlian at the winery in Cazenovia.

The town also received a letter, dated Sept. 12 and signed by Thomas J. Fucillo, who is also an attorney with the Syracuse law firm Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, taking issue with the notice of violation for excessive noise and acknowledging the notice of violation regarding excessive lighting, according to town records.

In addition to Fucillo and Sidd, Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece attorney Antonio E. Caruso also represents Owera and has been present and spoken at every town planning board hearing to date concerning Owera.

The two town notices of violations have been discussed by Town Attorney John Langey at nearly every town planning board meeting, and also have been reported multiple times in the Cazenovia Republican.

Despite these numerous violation citations against Owera, in Sidd’s letter to the State Liquor Authority on Dec. 26 asking the authority for a reconsideration of its previous denial of the winery’s application for a liquor license, he wrote, “It is extremely important to note that Owera Vineyards has not received a single notice of violation in any federal, state or local law, regulation or ordinance and is operating its facility in accordance with applicable law.”

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