COLONIE: Noisy dispute

A five-year fight over excessive noise has escalated with one side joining a national organization seeking to curb excessive noise and a recent posting on Youtube.com.

Mo Hannah and Joe Lombardo live on Purtell Avenue behind The Roman Pub that fronts Troy Schenectady Road. The couple contend that for five years they have been living with excessive noise from the pub emanating from its back porch, where patrons talk loudly and smoke cigarettes as the bar's jukebox blares.

After nearly 50 complaints to police in those five years, the couple has joined Noise Free America, a group seeking more stringent noise ordinances to cut down on noise caused by cars, motorcycles, leaf blowers and sometimes bars, to help put an end to it.

All they want is for The Roman Pub Manager Lillian Marks to keep the back door closed and keep the noise down. This is a demand that Hannah and Lombardo say has fallen on deaf ears.

Here I am being exposed to this noise, keeping me awake, keeping my children awake, and it would probably go away if the bar keeps its doors closed, said Hannah.

The couple has three children ages 13, 15 and 17.

Their recent attempt to shush the bar includes posting video of nighttime chatter from the back porch of the bar on Youtube.com as well as posting police records of arrests and complaints made from 2002 to recently about loud or unruly characters at the Roman Pub.

According to Lombardo, they have pleaded with town officials and police to do something, but town officials have been unresponsive, and police say the same thing every time, "their hands are tied," he said.

"We do everything we can to help them," said Colonie Police Chief Steven Heider.

For years, the night shift has responded to the couple's complaints, and on several occasions stood at the property line between the structures, decibel meter in hand, and every time the readings come in below Colonie's noise ordinance, Heider said.

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