Ossining police go undercover to catch stores selling liquor to minors

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Authorities say that some Ossining businesses could get hit with fines after officers went undercover to catch stores selling liquor to minors.

Ossining police tell News 12 it checked 25 local businesses Tuesday evening and three establishments did not comply.

Police ticketed the store clerk at a 7-Eleven on North Highland Avenue for selling alcohol to underage minors.  It was the third time it was ticketed in the past three years.

Village Market on Spring Street also has been ticketed before and is in danger of losing its liquor license. Broad Deli and Grill, which is just feet from police headquarters, was also ticketed.

"We want to make sure people aren't promoting destructive behavior in our young people. So, when we find a business willing to sell alcohol to people under 21, that is an important thing for us to enforce,” says Ossining Police Chief Kevin Sylvester.

The store clerk and the business owner not only receives a ticket to appear in court and could face fines, but they are reported to the state Liquor Authority and could lose their license to sell alcohol altogether.

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