T he manager of the Champlain Harbor Marina and RV Park says the business will remain operational despite the legal turmoil surrounding its owner.
“We are open and operational and will remain that way,” said Mike Decsi, who has been managing the marina this spring and is the head chef at the Harbor View Smokehouse.
Champlain Harbor Marina is a full-service marina with seasonal dockage, storage, fuel, rentals, boat servicing, and lodging.
Many in the community had questioned whether the business would remain open after its owner was convicted of felony assault earlier this month.
A prolonged prison sentence would have seemed to put the business in a precarious position, but Decsi said he will manage the operation.
It’s possible, however, that the business could lose its liquor license.
According to New York State law a convicted felon cannot hold a liquor license.
Agency on notice
A representative with the New York State Liquor Authority said they received a notification of Robert Elmy’s arrest last fall.
The agency is connected with the state Department of Justice database and will be notified of the conviction after Elmy is sentenced next month.
At that point the authority can file charges against the license holder and if successful, revoke the liquor license.
A successful defense can be difficult after someone has already been convicted of a crime in court.
Elmy, 63, was convicted of second-degree assault by a Washington County jury on Friday, May 4, in connection with an Oct. 10 incident that left his wife, Patricia, with a serious head injury.
Elmy was arrested following the incident and charged with placing drugs in his wife’s drinks, purposely keeping his wife intoxicated, physically injuring her, coercion, and unlawful imprisonment.
A jury exonerated him on five of those charges, including causing physical injury, but found him guilty of keeping his wife intoxicated, which by New York state law is considered second-degree assault, a felony.
The offense is punishable by up to seven years in prison.
Elmy has been remanded to the Washington County Correctional Facility and is awaiting sentencing on June 8.
It is unclear if his defense plans to appeal the decision.
Decsi said he will continue to manage the business until the matter is resolved.
He said business this spring has been good to this point.
The marina has had dozens of reservations for the spring and summer season by customers planning to stay at the marina or RV park, as well as a high volume of customers at the restaurant, he said.
“We have boats going into the water everyday for the next three weeks,” Decsi said. “We will be open.”