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Chubby's permanently closed after owner pleads guilty to code violations

Chubby's permanently closed after owner pleads guilty to code violations

Owner won't be allowed to run a business in Schenectady for 1 year
Chubby's permanently closed after owner pleads guilty to code violations
A Schenectady Police officer stretches crime scene tape in front of Chubby’s Convenience Store in August 2016.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

SCHENECTADY -- The owner of a crime-plagued convenience store in Schenectady will have to permanently shutter the business, after he pleaded guilty to code violations.

Salem Ali, owner of Chubby’s Convenience Store, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two misdemeanors for operating the business without the necessary certificates. The store was located at 1030 Crane St. in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood.

Chubby’s has been a hotbed of crime over the years, generating more than 500 public safety calls over a nine-month period in 2015. In August, a man was shot in front of the store and suffered a leg wound. Police later arrested two people in connection with the shooting.

“For too long, this business contributed to a negative environment encouraging illegal activities that harmed the neighborhood,” Mayor Gary McCarthy said in a prepared statement issued Wednesday.

In early November, the city shut down Chubby’s, citing the owner with 16 counts of operating without a certificate of use. The certificate is required for all city convenience stores, officials said.

Though the business was no longer operating, Ali still had to appear in City Court to answer the charges.

As a result of his plea, he’ll be required to permanently close the store, pay a $1,000 fine, perform 200 hours of community service and is prohibited from owning or operating a business in the city for one year.

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