Hempstead cracks down on underage drinking
The Village of Hempstead is cracking down on underage drinking and fighting outside bars.
Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall says underage drinking has been a problem, and he's not going to allow it to continue. The mayor says the village crackdown is to keep everyone safe.
"Things are starting to change. The bar owners and the bodegas are getting the message that this is not the place to come if you want to do things illegal," he says.
The mayor says that, when necessary, officials will take it a step further. A hearing was scheduled for Tuesday to revoke the business license of Daddy Locos. Other bars and restaurants have already lost their liquor licenses.
One bodega owner who owns an establishment that the village is trying to shut down says he is going to fight to stay open.
"The area we're in business-wise is tough. I mean we're here every day and God knows, we just pray to go home every night. This is what we have to be worried about more than we're selling beers or selling cigarettes or food stamp changes," he says.
Hempstead police officials say their undercover operations at bars and bodegas will be ongoing.