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NY Liquor Authority nabs Utica businesses accused of selling to minors

The New York State Liquor Authority announced the results of an underage sting operation conducted on February 1, 2019 in Utica.

Posted: Feb. 7, 2019 2:16 PM
Updated: Feb. 8, 2019 3:28 AM

UTICA, N.Y.  -- Three Utica businesses are facing hefty fines and penalties after an undercover sting on underage selling of alcohol to minors. 

The New York State Liquor Authority announced the results of an underage sting operation conducted on February 1, 2019 in Utica.

Investigators and the Utica Police Department, working with underage agents, conducted an underage-drinking sting operation visiting 14 businesses.

In total, the undercover minor was able to purchase alcohol at 3 of the 14 businesses visited.

The locations liquor licenses face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation. Employees can also be charged or arrested.

The businesses they say were selling to minors:

• O’Donnell’s Pub
715 Varick Street
• Mr. Convenience
1316 Oneida Street
• Lukin’s
640 Varick Street
The businesses refusing to sell to minors were:

• Varick Bar & Grill
616 Varick Street
• Celtic Harp Restaurant
805 Varick Street
• The Sanctuary
728 Court Street
• Nail Creek Pub
720 Varick Street
• Stewarts
425 Court Street

• City Liquors
1905 Genesee Street
• Oswego Express
5 Oswego Street
• Oneida Square Market
1331 Oneida Street
• Swifty’s
257 Genesee Street
• OTB Old School
600 Culver Avenue
• Bengee’s
300 Columbia Street

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