Local Reaction to Possible Revocation

By Lindsay Nielsen

February 3, 2011 Updated Feb 3, 2011 at 12:51 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton Police have heard a lot of talk about underage drinking in downtown Binghamton recently. Just this weekend, the owner of a bar that's already had three violations, was arrested.

On Friday morning, police raided the Rathskeller Bar and found a stampede of people exiting-- talking about a possible fire.

That's because the bar owner, Andrew Urso, had the DJ make an announcement.

"He knowingly knew there were people underage drinking, and to avoid himself or any of his staff members from being arrested, he told the DJ to announce that there was a fire," says Binghamton Police Chief Joe Zikuski.

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

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

Just around the block, the owner of the Mad Moose House of Barbeque, Scott Zatley, says his employees are "Tip Trained."

He says they go through alcohol awareness classes.

He says underage drinking is an ongoing problem in Binghamton, and he's happy action is being taken to clean it up.

"I think if there's a revocation of a license that's very serious to a business owner, and that will certainly send a message to bar owners in this area," says Zatley.

The Scoreboard, also on State Street, has also been caught with underage drinkers two weeks in a row!

"Some students I believe from SUNY Binghamton were charged for underage consumption, and the person in charge the first Thursday night was charged, then the second Thursday night there were more students charged, and the owner himself of Scoreboard was charged," says Zikuski.

And even with the recent arrests of three minors and underage drinking violations, the Scoreboard is up and running, serving in Downtown Binghamton.