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1 injured, 3 Arrested at Paramount New Years Party

Cops say man breaks neck after falling from balcony.

A new years celebration at the ended in mayhem early Sunday after a man was critically injured in a fall from a balcony.

Suffolk County police say the 23-year-old from East Northport was transported to Stony Brook University Medical Center with a broken neck after falling 15 feet inside the theater at about 1 a.m. 

A witness, who did not wish to be named, said he "turned around and saw a guy bloody on the floor," before cops and paramedics came and ushered everyone out at 1 a.m.

In a separate incident outside at about 1:50 a.m., three people were arrested for second degree obstruction of governmental administration, according to police. Anthony Mazzola, 24, of Connecticut, Jenna Natuzzi, 24, and Roslynn Natuzzi, 52, both from Old Brookville, were charged, police say. 

The name of the fall victim was not released by police. His condition could not be confirmed by hospital officials Monday.

Former National Basketball Association all-star Dennis Rodman, DJ Vic Latino and singer Mia Martina were special guests for the first-ever new years event at the theater which .

Paramount officials could not be reached for comment Monday.

Olive January 03, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I dont understand why the most important thing is not foremost on everybodies mind... Someones child, a 23 year old, is laying in a hospital. All supposition as to the circumstances means nothing. His recovery means everything.
One post wonder January 03, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Just a heads up for everyone posting who thinks this concert was bad. On the DAY OF the St Pattie's Day parade this year , The Dropkick Murphy's are performing at the Paramount. Again, the day of the St Patties Day parade! That concert and the events that occur during and around it will make the New Years Eve event look like a book club meeting.
Jim R. January 03, 2012 at 06:47 PM
@One post wonder... that is a frightening thought!!!
Kim January 03, 2012 at 07:08 PM
@KL. I am not saying move this BECAUSE of this incident. I never thought it should have gone HERE in the first place. It SHOULD have gone father South to "revitalize" Huntington Station.
Frank H. January 03, 2012 at 07:35 PM
The Paramount did not build this venue they renovated it. Dont know of a venue in the station where this could have been done.
Viola Vera January 03, 2012 at 08:10 PM
@ Sara: I'm not judging the person who fell off the balcony I'm simply saying that there are a lot of people that use New Year's as an excuse & there's a lot of excess on this night; not just at this venue but everywhere.
Viola Vera January 03, 2012 at 08:18 PM
@KL: My husband went to see that show & you're totally right. We don't know the circumstances involved in this accident, I'm sure they'll be revealed within the next few days. Perhaps the venue should consider incrementing their safety measures so something like this doesn't happen again but I don't think they should be blamed to the point where they're forced to shut down. If every other bar/ restaurant in the village were to be held accountable for such incidents, quite a few would be closed!
Chris January 04, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Actually the incident also involved a 52 year old. They were all intoxicated. The problem is that there are 4 large bars and little security for the amount of people. The cops had to be bought in to handle the chaos. And they are not at fault for arresting any of the drunks who got out of control. They are doing their jobs and protecting everyone else who drinks responsibly and wants to have a good time. The open 2nd balcony was an accident waiting to happen. I think The Paramount should remain open but needs to make a few changes for the idiots out there that cannot handle their alcohol intake. Not sure if the young man who fell off the balcony was drunk but still....Paramount should be held responsible. They overserve alcohol to make money. That poor kid is going to have problems for years to come. Thank God he did not die. Pretty serious if you are air lifted to a trauma center.
Jeanne Wolniewicz January 04, 2012 at 02:05 AM
No sure what could have been done, but perhaps not opening doors for drinking 2 hours before the performance? Love the Paramount, was there when it was the IMAC, would love to see Roger Waters or Cheap Trick or Squeeze there. I used to live in H.S. a block behind New York Ave, and across street from Big H and there were drive by shooters driving down our block, 15 yrs back. Motivated me to move to Manorville.
R.. January 04, 2012 at 02:44 AM
How about we let the police do there investigation to find out all the facts of how and why this happened. Im sure there are witnesses and video available to help answer those questions. People dont "fall" off balcony's. Was the unfortunate victom intoxicated or on any other substances that altered his balance? The town and building department approved the CO according to their strict building code and the Paramount adhered to their requirements. At what point does an individual have to be socially resposible and take control of his actions? If the victom was on a substance or intoxicated is he an adult at age 23 should he be resposible for his actions? Was he tested for illegal substances or blood alcohol level ? If he was on some illegal substnces or over intoxicated himself lets be gratefull no one else was injured by his irresponsability ? No one knows the actual facts of how this trajedy happened unless you were one of the individuals somewhere near the victom or friends of the victom who went their with the unfortunate victom. I did attend the NY Eve event and i was saddened that the tradedy took place and ended the well planned and up to that point extremely enjoyable night. The police did a fantastic job safely removing all the guests and showed fantastic crowd control on such quick notice. All got out and all but one victom im sure enjoyed the event. Lets not blame the Paramount, how about the few that can ruin it for the rest. Hope the victom fully recovers.
Chris January 04, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Yes "R" you sure make a good point. Didn't think about the building codes. People have to take responsibilty for their own actions. I am not a lawyer so I do not know legally if Paramount would be held responsible for over- serving alcohol. But if drugs were on board then that's his fault. But hospital probably did not test for drug level because they were dealing with an acute situation. I am sure they medicated him for pain so any drug test would be null and void. And yes SCPD did a fantastic job and anyone that says otherwise is ignorant. They have a tough job and show nothing but professionalism especially when dealing with a bunch of drunken fools.
Geoff January 04, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Chris, I'm curious as to how you think overserving is going to make the Paramount more money at an open bar event (NYE) ?
LF January 04, 2012 at 06:22 AM
That was at least the second time in a week the paramedics were called to that place; the first was a singer or someone being knocked out from an electrical shock. I've been there, too. The show was good, the bars are nice enough, and the security team somewhat overzealous. I saw their version of discretion by hauling someone out of public view and faceplanting him on the ground in about 30-60 seconds. That particular guy hadn't even caused much of a ruckus. It did not make me feel safe. I don't remember the balcony setup because I wasn't up there. What surprises me is that someone COULD fall off of it, drunk or not, without visible effort. As to the Town and its building code: it's only strict if you don't have cash on hand. This newfangled theatre has been allowed liberties that no other business in town enjoys. Why should the inside be a different story? The bottom line here is very few people in this world know the why and how of such a tragic accident. Let's leave that part as is. I think that venue, with its tacky sign, is in absolutely the wrong place and for many reasons. The Council needs to get its crap together and decide to either market Huntington as Small Town, USA or as Little Manhattan (as absurd as that is) and stick to it You can't have both. Quaint or pseudo-cosmopolitan - pick one!
LF January 04, 2012 at 06:30 AM
Oh, and I probably will be a one-post wonder. I found this while searching for an update on the guy who fell and probably won't even remember tomorrow that I commented here, so sorry in advance to anyone who responds and actually expects that I'll see it. And thank you to Huntington Patch and its people for reporting this. Nobody else seemed to bother covering it except the Huntingtonian. Newsday blows and only today posted something about it.
James January 04, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Amazing point and very well spoken.... Small business in Huntington get eatin alive if you don't have the $$$$$
Dave January 04, 2012 at 02:04 PM
R - you were there? Can you tell us what happened? Can't understand why people were getting arrested outside when the EMTs were trying to help the young man inside - were they mad because they had to go wait outside? I saw the event on Paramount's FB page, and it said the NYE party was going to be off the hook with crazy effects at midnight. I mean, obviously, people were drinking. It was a New Year's Eve party - with an open bar... and Dennis Rodman? Most in that crowd probably know him from Celebrity Rehab. (How did this place go from Elvis Costello to Dennis Rodman as a draw in less than four months?) Have to wonder why the media sat on this story and kept it quiet for nearly two days, even when questions about it arose from readers (whose comments were then deleted). The Paramount didn't even make a statement on their FB page. So yeah, it makes a lot of people wonder.
jimmy January 04, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I'm just curious if on the Sunday of the St Patricks day parade when every other establishment in the village has to close and stop serving alcohol at 7pm will the Paramount be given an exception to serve with The Dropkick Murphy's concert going on. Should be interesting to see how all the bar owners react to that.
George January 04, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I'm sure they could have found something in the station. Why add problems to problems. Everyone wants to own and run a business. But when it comes to accomodating traffic, parking and common curtusey (sp) of the people who are allready there. No one wants to do diddly squat. And I'm not just talking the village. It is all over.
Paul O'Keefe January 05, 2012 at 12:37 AM
What a shame for this young man to have such a terrible thing happen to him. I wonder if the place was overcrowded. I wasn't there so I can't say, but wonder at the idea of a place with so many bars and so many patrons, it's a recipe for disaster. And let me say from my family and friends point of view: Parking, parking, parking. What is the town doing to help this situation? Our residential part of town that was reasonably quiet on weeknights is like a highway on concert nights. We never minded Friday, Saturday nights with extra folks in town, it was never a problem for us. This theater is a nightmare for us now with constant traffic, noise, trash and increased crime. It's only a matter of time before concert goers rushing to find spots will cause accidents. You can't believe the road rage we've witnessed. I understand their frustration, but this is a family neighborhood and this kind of traffic does not belong here. This is a Long Island suburb not New York City. Our entire lives have to revolve around when there is or isn't a concert, otherwise we can't leave for fear of not finding a space (yes, fear if you have a handicap) and people can't visit us. A lot of the normal spontaneity of life is gone for us. Just wait till the first snow storm or for next summer when the crowds really show up. God bless the young man injured, I hope he comes out of this okay.
Harley January 05, 2012 at 02:10 AM
No news about the arrests when Pit bull was there! The paramount has to have alot of friends in high places!!!! At least the patch reported something about New Years! Better late than never! We all should welcome the biggest night club Huntington has ever seen! I guess the new bars in the paramount were not a big enough clue!!!! Great job Frank!!!
Hikerr January 05, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Paul I believe your mistaken. Remember when the town board got all gaga about being named an ALL AMERICAN CITY ! They even spent our money on signage to promote it.Guess we should have seen it coming.
Gerald Moss January 05, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I was at a solo Neil Young concert at a University theater and someone fell out of the balcony. I hope the victim recovers fully and quickly, but to blame the venue for obnoxious drunks on NYE is ridiculous. I've been to shows there and the venue takes security very seriously (almost to a fault). The Paramount is a asset to the village and the town in my opinion, and I for one am glad that they are booking shows for all members of the community. I guess some folks would have felt better if the theater would have become another chain drugstore or yet another yogurt emporium. It is unfortunate that our culture these days with the Real Housewives, Jersey Shore, Bad Girls Club etc glorifies being a moron and some people act out this behavior when they go out, Hope to see you all at the Drop Kick Murphys. They put on a helluva show!
Greg Fasolino January 06, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I strongly agree with those who feel the Paramount is a terrific asset to Huntington Village. While what happened to this man is clearly a tragedy, accidents happen everywhere, for many reasons, and to try to drum the venue out of town for one incident seems vindictive to me. The Paramount does not belong in Huntington Station. The Station, whatever else we may say about it, is not one of the entertainment capitals of Long Island, a mecca for dining and nightlife. Huntington Village is. I moved to Huntington 21 years ago precisely BECAUSE it was not a boring, cookie-cutter suburb, but one of the few places on Long Island to have a strong cultural pulse and a bit of the feel of NYC. If I wanted quaint, I would have chosen to live in Cold Spring Harbor (no offense to CSH, it's just a very different sort of civic flavor). Since when has Huntington not had live music, crowded bars and occasional incidents with revelers who took their drinking a few steps too far?
Greg Fasolino January 06, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Also, the Paramount did not just plop itself into a building that had a wholly different purpose, as other stated. The place has been a live music venue for decades, only now it's a world-class space featuring exciting artists that appeal to a wider swathe of the community - including younger people. I'm proud my town has a venue that's of the 21st century. And I love seeing the glowing marquee as i drive through town every night (how can it be "tacky," unless every concert marquee is tacky?). "Pseudo-cosmopolitan" sounds just right for me and my family!
skip January 06, 2012 at 03:14 AM
I don't feel sorry for the guy who fell over the balcony! If you can't drink responsible than you get what you deserve! Who's to say he wouldn't have gotten into his vehicle
Louis January 06, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Loon definition --- " silly or stupid person " sooo I guess I'm a " loon " for questioning the obvious and stating the truth lol..... As u can see my previous post was deleted... ????? Hmmm wonder why..... Not right that because people with money can do what ever they want ... So cliche but so true. And that signage, no other business in town would have gotten their sign permit for a sign that lights up, scrolls , flashes , and is so ridiculously bright .....
Louis January 06, 2012 at 11:17 AM
When bars over serve liquor it causes the customer to want to buy more liquor at that bar since they are over pouring ... Is psychological and common way to retain your in house customers so they don't leave because they just paid for a " weak " drink , to answer your comment Geoff...
Louis January 06, 2012 at 11:21 AM
never heard a thing about the pit bull arrests... I'm curious Harley... If the littlest thing or nothing happens at any other bar or restraunt they end up raiding you but the paramount no way.....
Skips an idiot January 08, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Way to be insensitive, Skip. I suggest you shut your mouth before someone shuts it for you, Internet troll.
Shannon January 08, 2012 at 05:23 AM
I've been to the Paramount a couple of times now and i really think it's a nice place, but the 1st time i went there I sat up top in the reserved seating. I sat there and just took in the whole place which is amazing. But I did notice one thing....the V.I.P areas and the side seating. The balconies are TOOOOO low. I said to my husband one day someone is going to fall over the side & look what happened! The railings are not even up to your waist. One little wrong step, a trip or too much too drink I can totally see how someone fell over. What I don't understand is how something like that passes inspection????

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