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Cuomo: 87 arrested at SPAC for underage drinking this summer

Cuomo: 87 arrested at SPAC for underage drinking this summer

There were 87 arrests for underage drinking this summer at Saratoga Performing Arts Center events, G
Cuomo: 87 arrested at SPAC for underage drinking this summer
Patrons make towards before the Phish concert at SPAC on July 1. There were 87 arrests for underage drinking this summer at Saratoga Performing Arts Center events, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday.
Photographer: Erica Miller

There were 87 arrests for underage drinking this summer at Saratoga Performing Arts Center events, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Tuesday.

The arrests were made as part of a summer-long crackdown at state-owned concert sites called Operation Prevent. Of six concert locations around thead state, Saratoga's total number of arrests and document confiscations was the second-highest.

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in western New York saw the most illegal activity, with 115 arrests, and seizure of 130 fake driver's licenses and other identification used to purchase alcohol illegally. SPAC had 87 arrests and 123 documents seized.

Nikon at Jones Beach in New York City had 62 arrests, Lakeview Amphitheater in Syracuse had 59 arrests, CMAC in Canandaigua has 54 arrests, and the Buffalo Harbor Canalside Concerts had 34 arrests. Statewide, there were 411 arrests and 437 document seizures, according to Cuomo's office.

SPAC's concert lineup this year included Mumford & Sons, the Dave Matthews Band, Phish, and other groups that draw crowds that can include underage drinkers. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was at SPAC just before the Mumford & Sons concert in June to announce plans for the crackdown.

"Underage drinking can lead to bad decisions with potentially life-altering consequences or worse," Cuomo said in a statement. "These sweeps help in preventing avoidable tragedies, as well as send a strong message that we have zero tolerance for this reckless behavior in New York."

The sweeps are conducted by Department of Motor Vehicles investigators working with local police, the state Liquor Authority, state police and state parks police, he said.

With the summer concert season now over, Cuomo said underage drinking enforcement efforts are now being shifted to focus on communities with large college student populations to reduce underage drinking on campuses and in the towns.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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