October 21, 2013
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Results of Undercover Investigation Into Underage Alcohol Sales in New York City

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that a seven-day undercover investigation into underage alcohol sales has resulted in charges to 76 licensed groceries and liquor stores throughout New York City. The investigation by the State Liquor Authority (SLA), part of a coordinated enforcement action to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors statewide, is the largest underage sting operation ever conducted in the agencys history.

 

Our State is committed to preventing young New Yorkers from buying and abusing alcohol, Governor Cuomo said. This investigation should put stores that sell alcohol to minors on notice: if you break the law, we will catch you. The State will continue to identify and hold accountable any grocery or liquor stores that endanger underage New Yorkers.

 

The investigation was conducted by the SLA from October 3 through October 11, 2013. The SLAs Beverage Control Investigators sent volunteer minors into 250 licensed groceries and liquor stores in all five boroughs of New York City. During the investigation, BCI personnel entered the grocery and liquor stores separately from the undercover minor to observe and verify when illegal transactions occurred. In total, the undercover minors were able to purchase alcohol at 76 out of the 250 premises visited, including 26 stores in the Bronx, 23 stores in Brooklyn, 19 stores Manhattan, 6 stores in Queens, and 2 stores on Staten Island. By penalizing these 76 stores, the SLA is leveling the playing field for the remaining honest small businesses.

 

State Liquor Authority Chairman Dennis Rosen said, Preventing the sale of alcohol to minors is a priority for the State Liquor Authority. These large scale enforcement efforts will continue to be a part of our proactive measures to prevent alcohol abuse among our youth."

 

Licensees charged by the SLA with underage sales face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation, with fines starting from $2,500 to $3,000 for a first time offense. Repeat offenders also face potential suspension or revocation of their licenses.

 

The SLAs investigation was made possible in part with the support of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) and the City University of New York (CUNY), which helped the agency recruit the volunteer minors that were coordinated and supervised by SLA personnel.

 

The businesses charged with sales to minors are:

 

BRONX

 

  • Oneida Grocery, 4201 Oneida Avenue
  • MMJ Wine & Spirits, 4251 Katonah Avenue
  • Katonah Family Grocery, 4293 Katonah Avenue
  • NI Liquors-4024 Boston Road
  • Live Lovely Liquors & Wines, 3491 Boston Road
  • Deli N Grocery, 1724 Bussing Avenue
  • 7 & 7 Grocery, 857 E 241st Street
  • Lexus Deli Grocery Store, 4052 White Plains Road
  • Abrahams Middletown Wines & Liquors Inc., 3001 Middletown Road
  • Genovese Drug Stores, d.b.a. Rite Aid Pharmacy, 1710 Crosby Avenue
  • Silver Deli Grocery, 1497 Williamsbridge Road
  • Genovese Drug Stores, d.b.a. Rite Aid Pharmacy 2748 East Tremont Avenue
  • Shop Smart New Orleans Mini Market LLC, 2542 E Tremont Avenue
  • MLS Deli Grocery Corp, 2550 E Tremont Avenue
  • Family Deli & Lotto, 2463 E Tremont Avenue
  • 892 E Tremont Liquors, 892 E Tremont Avenue
  • King Deli Express Grocery, 920 E Tremont Avenue
  • Family Grocery, 919 E Tremont Avenue
  • 885 E Tremont Deli Corp., 885 E Tremont Avenue
  • Tremont Gourmet Deli & Grocery Inc., 851 E Tremont Avenue
  • Ralphys Deli Grocery, 676 E 180th Street
  • Bella Deli, 671 Kelly Street
  • Roxy Grocery & Convenience, 935 E 163rd Street
  • Torres Food Market Inc, 841 Dawson Avenue
  • Waseem Deli Grocery, 865 E 167th Street
  • Salcedo Grocery & Deli, 1318 Lafayette Street

BROOKLYN

 

  • New Chop Chop Corp., d.b.a. Chop Chop, 126 Smith Street
  • Smith Market Inc., 147 Smith Street
  • Dreams Gourmet Inc., 170 Court Street
  • H M T Food & Grocery Corp., d.b.a. Ziad's Deli, 143 Smith Street
  • 215 Fine Food Deli Corp., 215 4th Avenue
  • 226 Deli Grocery Inc., 226 4th Avenue
  • Douglas & 4th Service Station Inc., 164 4th Avenue
  • Moon Mini Deli & Grocery, Moon Mini Market LLC., 701 Church Avenue
  • A & M Meat Market, d.b.a. Select Me, 205 Church Avenue
  • Church Ave Food Corp., d.b.a. Church Ave Food Corp, 111 Church Avenue
  • Latino Meat Market and Deli Grocery Inc, 55 Church Avenue, Brooklyn
  • Pak Grocery Store Inc., d.b.a. Grocery Store, 564 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn
  • 204 Grocery & Convenience Inc., d.b.a. Bedford Magazines & Smokes, 204 Bedford Avenue
  • Off-City Convenience Inc., d.b.a. Bedford Exotics, 195A Bedford Avenue
  • BKN Supreme Inc., d.b.a. N7 Market, 183 Bedford Avenue
  • Suzie Foods Corp, d.b.a. Bedford Fruits & Vegetables, 167A Bedford Avenue
  • Jalil 105 Corp, d.b.a. Bedford Gourmet Food, 120 Bedford Avenue
  • M& S Mini Mart Inc., d.b.a. Mini Mart Deli & Grocery, 711 Manhattan Avenue
  • P & P Candy Store Inc., d.b.a. P & P Candy Store, 790 Manhattan Avenue
  • Marian Mikolajczyk & A Stanley Mikolajczyk, d.b.a. Green Farm Supermarket, 918 Manhattan Avenue
  • PS Mini Mart Corp., 1068 Manhattan Avenue
  • PA Grocery, 145 Franklin Street
  • Meserole Mini Mart Corp., d.b.a. Mini Mart Deli Grocery, 214 Franklin Street

 

MANHATTAN

 

  • Corner Gourmet 2 Inc., d.b.a. Corner Gourmet, 66 West Broadway
  • Battery Park City Gourmet Market, Inc., 450 North End Avenue
  • Duane Reade Inc., d.b.a. Store 14356, 325 North End Avenue
  • Terry Ram Ltd., d.b.a. Terrys, 41 River Terrace
  • Namdor Inc., d.b.a. Gristedes, 315-321 South End Avenue
  • Namdor Inc., d.b.a. Gristedes, 71 South End Avenue
  • SHK Equities Corp., d.b.a. Battery Place Market, 77 Battery Place
  • Duane Reade Inc., d.b.a. Store 14329, 17 Battery Place South
  • Joan Bertoli Inc., d.b.a. New Ehrlich Wine & Liquor, 222 Amsterdam Avenue
  • Westway Fresh Food Corp., 375 Amsterdam Avenue
  • CVS Albany LLC, d.b.a. CVS/Pharmacy #2360, 743 Amsterdam Avenue
  • Duane Reade Inc., d.b.a. Store 14366, 2409 Broadway
  • United Pei Grocery, 529 W 179th Street
  • Agua Azuel Deli Grocery, 35 Sherman Avenue
  • Diaz Food Center, 135 Sherman Avenue
  • Sherman Golden Deli, 144 Sherman Avenue
  • El Cibao Deli Inc., 51 Vermileya Avenue
  • BP Gas Station, 3936 10th Avenue
  • Fiesta Liquors, 278 Nagle Avenue

 

QUEENS

 

  • Changs Choice Inc., d.b.a. Liberty Spirits Wine and Liquor, 93-08 Liberty Avenue, Ozone Park
  • 10014 Corp, d.b.a. Fruit Ranch, 100-14 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills
  • Fast and Fresh Supermarket Inc., d.b.a. Deli and Grocery, 125-10 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens
  • New Metro Gourmet Deli Corp., 100-01 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills
  • B & V Convenience Store Inc, 211-01 Jamaica Avenue, Queens Village
  • Queens Village Food Corp., 111-46 Springfield Boulevard

 

STATEN ISLAND

 

  • Laurelle One Inc. d.b.a. 7 Eleven, 2477 Hylan Boulevard
  • Rich Dongan Hills Wines & Liquors Corp, 1662 Richmond Road
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