New statewide keg law looks to curb teen drinking

Come Saturday, buying a keg of beer in Westchester and the rest of the state will be a lot tougher.

The new law will require people to put down a $75 deposit and fill out a registration form to buy a keg of beer. Beer distributors will then have to keep a log of who's buying the keg by placing a registration number and the buyer's name on the keg. It used to be that all you needed to get a keg in Westchester was a $10 deposit and an ID.

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D-Elmsford) says the new law will help police trace the keg back to the buyer. He says police will then be able to see if it is an adult enabling kids to drink illegally, or if it's a retailer selling illegally, or if it's a kid using a fake ID.

But the new law is not sitting well with everyone. John Murabito, owner of the Harrison Beverage Center, says when all the charges are added up, kegs will be too expensive. He doesn't believe it will help curb teen drinking, which has been an ongoing problem in Westchester. He says teens will just find another way to get alcohol.

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