Binghamton Police Cracking Down On Underage Drinking

By Lindsay Nielsen

February 2, 2011 Updated Feb 2, 2011 at 11:59 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After numerous violations and arrests in the past two weeks, Binghamton Police are taking action against underage drinking downtown.

Binghamton Police have made numerous arrests and cited downtown bars for underage drinking in recent weeks.

Chief Joseph Zikuski says The Scoreboard had underage drinkers in its bar the past two Thursdays and he believes there were many more than the three who were caught.

Then last Friday, police raided the Rathskeller Bar and found a stampede of people exiting the bar.

Police later learned owner Andrew Urso had told the DJ to announce there was a fire in the building to get the minors out of the bar.

He now faces two misdemeanor charges.

"I'm not going to sugar coat it,' says Binghamton Police Chief Joe Zikuski. "We ask them to police themselves and they were told that if you won't do it we'll do it for you and now we've seen this happen."

Chief Zikuski says the Alcohol Beverage Control Board will be receiving a referral on the Rathskeller incident no later than Monday.

He says it is way beyond talking fines and will recommend a suspension or revocation of the liquor license.

Action News also learned of three prior violations by the Rathskeller from the New York State Liquor Authority.