February 10, 2020
Albany, NY

State Liquor Authority Conducts Underage Drinking Operation in Watervliet

State Liquor Authority Conducts Underage Drinking Operation in Watervliet
18 of 19 Licensees Refuse Sales to Underage Agents

The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) today announced the results of an underage sting operation conducted on January 31, 2020 in Albany county.  SLA investigators, working with Watervliet Police Department and two underage agents, conducted an underage-drinking sting operation visiting 19 licensed premises.  In total, the undercover agents were able to purchase alcohol at one of the businesses visited.

The business selling to minors was:

  • Nutting’s
    1359 5th Ave, Watervliet

The businesses refusing to sell to minors were:

  • Uptown Wine & Spirits
    528 19th Street, Watervliet
  • Willard J Schanz Beer Wholesaler
    400 4th Street, Watervliet
  • Schantz Wine & Spirits Inc
    402 4th Street, Watervliet
  • Larry’s Tavern
    1862 Eighth Ave, Watervliet
  • Deacon Blues Inc. 
    806 25th Street, Watervliet
  • Stewarts Shop #457
    2000 2nd Ave, Watervliet
  • Stewarts Shop #201
    2458 2nd Ave, Watervliet
  • Stewarts Shop #178
    309 6th Street, Watervliet
  • Watervliet Food Mart
    2457 Second Ave, Watervliet
  • Arsenal City Tavern
    795 3rd Ave, Watervliet
  • Patrick’s Pub
    606 3rd Ave, Watervliet
  • Noor Mart
    1010 19th Street, Watervliet
  • Price Chopper #245
    515 19th Street, Watervliet
  • Walgreens Store #19948
    1901 2nd Ave, Watervliet
  • Black Bear Inn
    310 19th Street, Watervliet
  • Watervliet Tavern
    500 3rd Ave, Watervliet
  • Valente’s Restaurant
    315 Eighth Street, Watervliet
  • 19th Street Quick Stop
    315 19th Street, Watervliet

Licensees charged by the SLA 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 possible suspension or revocation of their licenses.  In addition, employees or licensees who sell to minors can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor.  Undercover decoys work under the direct supervision of SLA Beverage Control Investigators.    

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