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      Providence official pulls license board pay plan

      Seth Yurdin

      The City Council majority leader has withdrawn his proposal to eliminate the pay of Providence Board of Licenses members in a dispute over a decision about a strip club.

      Councilman Seth Yurdin withdrew his proposal at a council meeting on Thursday. Yurdin told NBC 10 that he tabled the proposal after hearing serious criticism from his colleagues on the council and the licensing board.

      Andrew J. Annaldo, head of the Board of Licenses, said Thursday the proposal was coercion and that he and his colleagues would not tolerate it.

      Yurdin initially called for eliminating board members' compensation after the panel imposed a $5,000 fine and 45-day license suspension on Cheaters Gentlemen's Club, which allegedly hired an underage girl and allowed prostitution.

      Yurdin called the decision a dereliction of duty and supported a permanent license revocation.

      Board members get $19,719 and the chairman gets $26,857 a year.

      Cheaters is appealing.