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State Cracks Down On Underage Drinking, 20 Tickets Issued In Binghamton Bars

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Governor Andrew Cuomo's office has released the results of a statewide campaign aimed at cracking down on underage drinking.

In April and May, state and local law enforcement issued a total of 139 tickets for using a fake ID or someone else's ID to purchase alcohol. 126 fake ID's were also seized. The sweeps were part of 'Operation Prevent'. 

"When alcohol finds its way into the hands of young people, far too often it ends in tragedy," Governor Cuomo said. "Through this ongoing enforcement effort, investigators from across the state are working together to combat this dangerous and chronic problem."

The tickets issued include:

Capital Region - 56 tickets

  • 46 tickets issued at O'Leary's Tavern, April 5
  • Six tickets issued at Graney's Stout, April 26
  • Four tickets issued at Union Convenience, Goose Hill Wine & Liquor, and Englebardt's Liquor Store in Schenectady, May 17

Central New York -14 tickets

  • Five tickets issued at the Jason Aldean concert at Lakeview Amphitheater, May 16
  • Nine tickets issued at the Zak Brown concert at Lakeview Amphiteater, June 9

Finger Lakes - 31 tickets

  • 10 tickets issued at One Nightclub and Vinyl in Rochester, April 25 and May 31
  • Eight tickets issued at The Red Jug, Barbers Grill and Tap Room, Custom House, and BBQ and Brew in Brockport, April 27
  • 13 tickets issued at the Chris Young concert at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, May 24

Southern Tier - 20 tickets

  • 20 tickets issued at The Rathskellar, Tom and Marty's, and Celtic Pub in Binghamton, May 3

Western New York - 18 tickets

  • 18 tickets issued at The Steer and Slick's Willie's in Tonawanda, May 3

Also in April and May, the State Liquor Authority conducted statewide underage sting operations by sending decoys into 851 locations holding liquor licenses, with 186 businesses charged with selling alcohol to a minor.