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City gets tough on stores selling alcohol

August 6, 2002

By Kathryn Murchison

Albany is toughening its policy against stores that sell alcohol to minors.

City commissioners discussed changing the alcohol policy today. Currently, a store that sells alcohol to a minor has it license suspended for 7 days if and only if the store owner or the alcohol licensee is on the premise during the illegal sale.

But if commissioners agree to the change, stores could also receive this punishment if a manager is on duty.

The change comes after nearly 30 stores were busted for selling alcohol to underage police officers. Commissioners could not punish many of these stores because only managers or store employees were on the premises during the sell.