State and local police departments have conducted a number of underage drinking stings around the area since the beginning of the year. Troopers in Rensselaer checked over a dozen establishments that serve alcohol, including restaurants, liquor stores, gas stations and beverage centers.

In each case, a plain clothes officer is present when one or more underage operatives enter the business and attempt to purchase alcohol. The operatives are not 21 and are not permitted to lie about their age if asked or provide any kind of false identification. Therefore, placing all liability on the establishment to check and confirm the age of the patron.

Out of the 18 places checked, four of them were cited for selling alcohol to a minor. They are:

Creekside Wine & Liquor Barn, Route 7 Pittstown

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Sunoco, Route 7 Pittstown

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Cumberland Farms, Church St. Hoosick Falls

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Brunswick BBQ & Brew, Route 2 Troy

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Police charged four people, one from each establishment, with unlawful dealing with a minor - a misdemeanor - after selling alcohol to a person under 21 years of age.

Twelve other establishments in Rensselaer County were also checked by police, with no problems.

Those who state police recognized for their compliance:

Giuseppe's, Route 7 Hoosick Falls

Man of Kent, Route 7 Hoosick Falls

Stewarts, Route 7 Hoosick Falls

Mikey Mart, Route 7 Hoosick Falls

Walgreens, Main St Hoosick Falls

Hoosac Package Liquor, Classic St Hoosick Falls

Sand Bar, Lyman St Hoosick Falls

Unihog, Center St Hoosick Falls

Stewarts, River St Hoosick Falls

Tops, Route 22 Hoosick Falls

Dollar General, State Route 22 Hoosick Falls

Cobble Pond Farms, State Route 2 Cropseyville

Tamarac Wine & Spirits, State Route 2 Cropseyville

Stewarts, Church Rd Cropseyville

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