[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Schodack as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 6-26-2008 by L.L. No. 1-2008]
The Town Board finds that the consumption of alcohol by underage individuals, whether at a large party or small gathering, poses a risk to the residents of the Town of Schodack, since minors who drink are more likely to engage in destructive behaviors. The purpose of this article is to deter the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors by holding any person 16 years of age or older responsible when he or she permits the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors at his or her place of residence or other private property, place or premises under his or her control.
For purposes of this article the following definitions apply:
- Ethyl alcohol, hydrated oxide of ethyl, or spirit of wine from whatever source or by whatever process produced.
- ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE
- Includes alcohol, spirits, liquor, wine, beer, cider, and every liquid or solid, patented or not, containing alcohol, spirits, wine or beer and capable of being consumed by a human being; except that confectionary containing alcohol, as provided by Subdivision 12 of § 200 of the Agriculture and Markets Law, shall not be regarded as an alcoholic beverage within the meaning of this section.
- Any person under 21 years of age.
- PARTY, GATHERING or EVENT
- A group of persons who have assembled or are assembling for a social occasion or social activity.
Except as otherwise permitted by law, no person 16 years of age or older knowing or having reason to know of such activity shall host, suffer, permit, organize, or allow a party, gathering or event at his or her place of residence or other private property, place or premises under his or her control where minors are present and alcoholic beverages are being consumed by any minor.
This section does not apply to conduct between a minor child and his or her parent or guardian.
This section does not apply to any place regulated by the New York State Liquor Authority.
Failure to comply with § 76-3A shall constitute a violation punishable by a fine which shall not exceed $250 or imprisonment not exceeding 15 days or a combination of such fine and imprisonment as fixed by the court.