Underage drinkers looking to score illegal booze might have an easier time in Brooklyn than an in any other borough, according to early numbers from a statewide initiative. Scott Olson/Getty Images
Underage drinkers looking to score illegal booze might have an easier time in Brooklyn than an in any other borough, according to early numbers from a statewide initiative.
Between April 17 and May 1, an investigative unit visited 74 establishments around the city licensed with the State Liquor Authority. Undercover minors hit up bodegas, national chains, supermarkets and liquor stores alike, walking out with alcohol 32 times.
"The law is the law, and we will continue do whatever it takes to crack down on underage drinking and hold accountable those who serve alcohol to minors," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Monday.
"Our message is simple: If you put children at risk by placing alcohol in their hands, you will face the consequences," the governor added.
Those who illegally sold alcohol to the minors face up to $10,000 in civil penalties per violations. Fines start at $2,5000 for a first time offense, with repeat offenders eligible to get their license suspended or revoked.
In total, one out of 15 stores in the Bronx and 15 out of 16 stores in Brooklyn sold alcohol to minors. Five out of 21 Manhattan stores did too, as did eight out of 16 stores in Queens and three out of 6 stores on Staten Island.
Most of the stings happened in Brooklyn's Park Slope and Williamsburg sections, as well as Manhattan's East Village and both Astoria and Flushing in Queens.
The agency is committed to continue to check out more than 1,000 businesses with alcohol licenses citywide through September 2014.
Establishments That Sold Alcohol to Minors Between April 17 and May 1