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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Stephen Baldwin protests Nyack adult entertainment store

NYACK — Actor Stephen Baldwin doesn't like pornography and says he'll do anything to shut down a new shop on Route 59.

Baldwin stood outside 28 Route 59 last night and photographed workers and their vehicles as they readied the adult entertainment store for business.

Baldwin said he planned to stand outside the store every day and photograph the license plates of the store's patrons in order to track down their identities. He said he would take out a full-page newspaper advertisement once a month to publish those names.

"I won't stop until it shuts down," he said, standing on the curb in front of the building that once was a car dealership.

Baldwin and several other residents attended Nyack Planning Board meetings last summer to protest the application to open the store. They said the store would attract crime, lower property values and deteriorate Nyack's quality of life.

"I don't want it this close to my house," said Baldwin, who lives about a mile away. "I'm personally not OK with pornography. I definitely think that it adds to the moral decay or our culture."

Village officials have said they could not forbid such businesses, only regulate where they open. The store will sell movies, books and magazines and will have video booths. It is owned by the Queens-based company Algama.

Clarkstown police responded to the property last night after Baldwin called them about 9:30 p.m. He said the workers were giving him a hard time for taking photographs.

Police told Baldwin he was free to protest and take photographs as long as he was not on the store's property.

Baldwin was not charged.

"He's just out there expressing his opinion," Sgt. Gerard O'Connor said. "He's more than free to do that."

Baldwin, 39, followed his older brother, Alec, into acting. He has starred in numerous films, including "The Usual Suspects," and "Born on the Fourth of July." He has lived in the Nyack area for 10 years.

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