Clerks at three stores in eastern Dutchess County were ticketed Monday for allegedly selling beer to a teenager, State Police said.
The majority of clerks at the 20 stores checked by police did not sell beer to a 19-year-old who volunteered to help out with the sting, cops said. But those at Trotta Liquor Store in Millerton, La Guadalupana Mini-Market in Pawling and Cascade Spirit Shoppe in Amenia sold booze to the teenager, a misdemeanor offense, authorities said.
There are more than 60,000 licensees permitted by the state to sell alcohol in retail spaces, according to the New York State Liquor Authority, and police conduct random checks throughout the year to make sure the retailers are complying.
The misdemeanor charges lodged against the store clerks are separate from the civil penalties business owners can face for violating state law. Members of the state Liquor Authority board have discretion when considering individual cases. However, they typically pull the licenses from retailers after repeated offenses, and in extreme cases they have revoked it after a store's first violation.