Three Oneida County convenience stores busted in statewide crackdown on underage drinking, authorities say

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Three convenience stores in Oneida County were among 186 locations across the state that were busted in an underage drinking crackdown last month, according to an announcement by state law enforcement
officials.

The state officials said in their announcement of the crackdown that 851 locations were checked in total across 46 counties in a joint sweep in April between the state Liquor Authority, the state Department of Motor Vehicles and local law enforcement agencies.

The sweep conducted 66 underage drinking stings at bars, restaurants, liquor stores, grocery stores and convenience stores looking for fake IDs and retailers who sell alcohol to minors.

“Underage drinking and fake IDs are not only illegal, but can lead to reckless decisions with lifelong consequences,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in a release. 

“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 governor’s statement added.

Among the stores in the area that were ticketed in the sweep, officials said, were:

Oneida County stores:

• Cliff’s Local Market, Route 12, Boonville.

• Red’s Market, Route 365, Stittville.

• Nice N’ Easy, West Main Street, Westmoreland.

Lewis County stores:

• Sunoco A Plus, Utica Boulevard, Lowville.

Herkimer County stores:

• The Happen Inn, West Main Street, Little Falls.

• Runway Mart, North Ann street, Little Falls.

Twenty-three other stores in Oneida County successfully passed the sweep, including Singh Petroleum Two on Martin Street in Rome.

According to the Governor’s Office, these stores could face up to $10,000 in civil penalties per violation, with fines starting at $2,500 for a first-time offense. Repeat offenses could result in the suspension or revocation of their liquor license.

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