Five businesses in the Twin Tiers were cited for selling alcohol to minors during a state-wide underage drinking crackdown in April.
Of the 851 businesses visited for compliance checks, 186 sold to underage agents working with the New York State Liquor Authority and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with local law enforcement agencies.
The following local businesses were among the 186 that sold alcohol to underage agents.
- Horseheads Moose Lodge – Horseheads
- Mikey’s Gas Mart – North Cohocton
- The Olde County Store and More – North Cohocton
- Tom’s Liquor Store – Hornell
- Stop & Shop – Hornell
“Underage drinking and fake IDs are not only illegal but can lead to reckless decisions with lifelong consequences,” Governor Cuomo said. “We will continue to take action to hold businesses accountable for illegal sales as well as those who use fake IDs. We have zero tolerance for these offenses in New York.”
The SLA conducted 66 underage details in 46 counties, with investigators sending underage decoys into 851 locations holding liquor licenses. The decoys were able to purchase alcohol at 186 businesses listed here. The 665 businesses which refused to sell to underage decoys are listed here.
Licensees charged with underage sales face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, with fines starting from $2,500 to $3,000 for a first-time offense. Repeat offenders also face potential suspension or revocation of their licenses.
Additionally, employees or licensees who sell to minors can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. Persons under the age of 21 found to be using fake IDs or false documents with the intent of purchasing alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year.