DA's office charges Binghamton after-hours club operators

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - As a crackdown on illegally operating after-hours clubs in Binghamton continues, the Broome County District Attorney's Office is announcing charges against two people suspected of running one.

DA Steve Cornwell announced on Friday that Aali Tillman Sr. and Stephanie Zawko have both been charged with the misdemeanors of Unlawful Sale of Alcohol for Profit and Sale of Alcohol Without a License.

Cornwell presented the cast to a Grand Jury.

He says that Tillman and Zawko operated "Club Platinum" and/or "Orton", located at 223 Main Street in the City of Binghamton, and illegally sold alcohol for profit, without a license. 

"Orton" is the location where Brandon Hernandez, 22, of Binghamton, was shot to death on April 22nd.

Jihad Ray, 26, of Binghamton, was arrested and charged with murder in the 2nd degree as a result of the shooting.

After a lockdown warning was sent from the City of Binghamton, the club closed down earlier this month.

Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced earlier this week more actions being taken by the City of Binghamton to shut down other illegal after-hours nightclubs.

“For too long after-hours clubs have led to increased drug activity and violence. Those who are illegally profiting from violating the law will be arrested and prosecuted," said Cornwell in a written release.


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