ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) and the Albany Police Department (APD) conducted an underage-drinking sting operation in Albany on October 7. Out of the six businesses visited, the underage agent was able to purchase alcohol at five.
The businesses selling to minors were:
- All Star Pizza & Deli
- Madison Mart
- Diana’s Wine & Spirits
- K & K Quail
- Pine Hills Market
The only business that did not sell alcohol to the agent was Sabatino’s Liquor Store. The SLA said the locations were chosen based on complaints received about the businesses.
Businesses charged with underage sales face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, with fines starting from $2,500 to $4,000 for a first-time offense. Repeat offenders also face possible suspension or revocation of their licenses. Employees or licensees who sell to minors can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.