State Agencies Partner with Syracuse Law Enforcement to Prevent the Use of Fake IDs to Obtain Alcohol
Underage Patrons Subject to Arrest and Can Have Licenses Revoked for Up to One Year
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that coordinated sweeps will take place Wednesday evening during the Dave Matthews Band concert at the Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse. The enforcement sweeps will be carried out by the Department of Motor Vehicles in partnership with the State Liquor Authority, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Department of Transportation and the State Fair. These efforts come on the heels of last week’s announcement regarding the state’s continued push to ensure that the public, and especially New York’s youth, remain safe and well protected during the summer concert season.
“Underage drinking can have lifelong repercussions for young people who often fail to recognize the gravity of their decisions,” Governor Cuomo said. “By coordinating with local law enforcement, we are taking immediate action to curb senseless and preventable actions while enforcing a zero tolerance policy for unlawful behavior.”
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said: "Creating a safe environment for all guests at the beautiful new Lakeview Amphitheater is an important priority. Thank you Governor Cuomo and all our state partners for assisting local efforts to ensure everyone attending events at the amphitheater has a safe and enjoyable concert experience.”
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Emergency Management will be positioned at the Onondaga County Unified Command Post and assist with command, control and incident management for the duration of the concert. Additional situational awareness will be provided through the New York State Watch Center, the State’s 24/7 monitoring point.
DHSES Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Services and Director of Office of Emergency Management Kevin Wisely said: “The Division is pleased to coordinate with our state and local public safety partners in this unified effort to ensure concert goers have a safe and enjoyable evening.”
DMV investigators will be located inside the event venue, as part of its Operation Prevent initiative, which is conducted year round and targets not only concerts, but also bars and drinking establishments, events, and other underage hot spots. During an Operation Prevent sting, state investigators work with the State Liquor Authority and law enforcement entities to check identification documents. Patrons under the age of 21 found to be using fake IDs or false documents with the intent of purchasing alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year. Operation Prevent is supported by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan said: “Governor Cuomo’s unprecedented commitment to public safety will be in full force at this Wednesday’s Dave Matthews Concert in Syracuse. DMV is proud to contribute to the effort and to do whatever we can to deter underage drinking. Operation Prevent has been successful in combating underage drinking at venues across the state, however this will be the first time we’ve committed those resources to an event at the Lakeview Amphitheater. We look forward to working with our partners in Onondaga County, as well as with DHSES, SLA, DOT and the State Fair to prevent underage drinking and keep concert goers and everyone else using our highways safe.”
SLA Beverage Control Investigators will assist in patrolling the parking lots outside the Lakeview Amphitheater. In addition, SLA and DMV will have investigators stationed inside the amphitheater to perform compliance checks for underage sales, underage possession of alcohol, as well as to monitor for fake IDs.
State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent G. Bradley said: "The SLA is committed to cracking down on underage drinking and will continue conducting operations throughout the state to prevent young New Yorkers from buying and abusing alcohol. Working proactively, the SLA, DMV and State Police are committed to supporting local law enforcement efforts to help keep concertgoers safe, and ensure an entertaining and enjoyable experience for all."
The New York State Department of Transportation will supply six VMS boards to assist with traffic direction and remains committed to ensuring the safety of all motorists enjoying the concert.
NYSDOT Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said: “Safety is our top priority. We join Governor Cuomo in urging motorists to allow plenty of travel time, be patient, and watch for pedestrians.”
Staff from the Great New York State Fair will also be on hand to assist Onondaga County and state agency staff in an attempt to troubleshoot any issues that may unexpectedly arise.
Acting New York State Fair Director Troy Waffner said: “The State Fair stands ready to assist in any way necessary to help make this huge concert at Onondaga County’s Lakeview Amphitheater a great success. We work regularly in close cooperation with our colleagues in the county and in the various state agencies involved in this unprecedented effort and will do so any time we can be of assistance. The most important thing is to insure the safety of those who come for a night of great music.”
The Onondaga County Lakeview Amphitheatre is the newest outdoor venue in Central New York and has a 17,500 seat capacity. The amphitheater was built as part of a state-funded project to revitalize the neighborhoods along the western shore of Onondaga Lake. Governor Cuomo championed, and ultimately signed into law, a measure allowing the amphitheater to use a design-build process to allow construction to begin as soon as possible. The amphitheater is adjacent to the Great New York State Fair’s largest parking lot and will use the lot for concert parking.
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