CORTLANDT, N.Y. --- Utilizing a grant secured by the Cortlandt Community Coalition, the Westchester County Department of Public Safety recently conducted a series of checks at local businesses in Cortlandt to ensure that alcohol is not being sold to persons under 21 years old.
On two separate evenings, county police sent a youth volunteer into local stores to attempt to buy beer. On all 25 occasions, clerks refused to make the sale.
“This is the best possible outcome when we conduct compliance checks,” Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth said. “We are grateful to local businesses that properly train their employees and support the community’s efforts to keep alcohol away from anyone under 21 years of age.”
Longworth thanked the Cortlandt Community Coalition for supporting the compliance checks and for continuing the broad range of work it does to encourage young people to stay away from drugs and alcohol.
“The Westchester County Police are proud to work hand-in-hand with the Cortlandt Community Coalition to encourage our youth to make safe and healthy choices,” he said.
The compliance checks were conducted at delis and gas station convenience stores on Feb. 19 and Dec. 11. Some locations were visited on both dates, others on just one occasion.
The businesses are:
Lou’s Corner Store, Frederick Street;
Oregon Shell, Oregon Road;
123 Food Mart, Albany Post Road;
Annsville Mobil, Roa Hook Road;
Post Road Deli, Albany Post Road;
Montrose Deli, Kings Ferry Road;
Trails End Deli, 6th Street;
Oregon Citgo, Oregon Road;
Mobil gas station, Crompond Road;
Rock Cut Deli, Albany Post Road;
Sunoco, Albany Post Road;
BP gas station store, Albany Post Road;
Shell gas station, Albany Post Road;
Da Ro’s Deli, Albany Post Road.
The underage drinking enforcement campaign has been a longstanding partnership between the community coalition and the Westchester County Police for roughly a decade.
Longworth said the county police remain committed to continuing compliance checks at businesses that sell alcohol including bars, restaurants, liquor stores, delis and supermarkets.
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