The County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc and The Fulton City Police Department Receive Underage Drinking Enforcement Grant

On May 13th 2010, Fulton Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr. recognized the County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions Inc. (COCOAA), The Fulton City Police Department and area businesses through a Proclamation for their participation in the Underage Drinking Enforcement Grant.

COCOAA and the Fulton City Police Department were recently awarded a competitive New York State grant to address underage drinking through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). The funding allows the Fulton City Police Department to provide increased enforcement of underage drinking laws, and COCOAA to cover the cost of training (TIPS: Training for Intervention Procedures) for taverns/restaurants and off-premise retail beverage business employees.

The grant was awarded based upon the significant level of underage drinking in the Fulton community. Data indicates that the City of Fulton and surrounding communities have higher levels of risk and consequence indicators associated with underage drinking in comparison to similar counties and NYS as a whole. Behavioral statistics, compiled by the Fulton City Police Department’s “Quality of Life” detail, confirmed this risk and supported the grant application.

The grant has been developed through the cooperation of COCOAA, the Fulton City Police Department, the Fulton’s Mayor’s Office and other community collaborators. The first stage of this grant included a Forum for on and off premise retailers that was held on May 13, 2010. Information was shared by COCOAA Prevention Director, Karyn Grow, Investigator John Coneys from the NYS Liquor Authority, Karen Hoffman from the Prevention Network and by the Fulton Deputy Police Chief Tom Abelgore.

At the Underage Drinking Forum on May 13, several business owners volunteered to participate in a responsible business owner’s agreement and as part of the grant, are eligible to receive this free TIPS training for their employees. These area business owners signed the agreement and committed to providing responsible beverage service sales.

These participants included Erin Bartlett from Mirabitos Market, Karen and William Hubel from Blue Moon Grill, Chris Naylor and Michael Kessler from Crazy Gator, Fran Buske from Fran’s Riverfront Inn LTD, Robert Holbrook from Upperlandings Neighborhood Bar and Grill, Nassar Nassar from Sammy’s Mini Market, Susana Ryan from Tavern on The Lock, John Bertrand from Red Brick Pub, and Ida Hall and Alicia English from Byrne Dairy.

Retailers or any other community members who would like to receive any further information about the Underage Drinking Initiative or who would like to participate in the TIPS trainings can contact Karyn Grow, Director of Prevention Services at COCOAA at 342-2370.