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Port Chester Alcohol Vendor Supports Checks

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – A series of compliance checks on alcohol sales are expected to be conducted by police in conjunction with the Westchester County District Attorney's office and a community nonprofit.

"No dates have been confirmed yet, but we hope it will be soon," said Joan Thomas, co-chair of the Port Chester Cares Community Coalition, which donated $2,300 to the Port Chester Police Department to cover the cost of the checks.

At a recent village board of trustees meeting , Thomas expressed her organization's concern over the number of alcohol vendors located in Port Chester, and how it might contribute to increased incidences of underage drinking.

Avril LaCour, manager at Port Chester Wine & Liquor, said she supports the compliance checks.

"We endorse them unequivocally," she said.

LaCour said her store has already caught minors attempting to purchase alcohol, and always checks the identification of all customers.

"There's just no reason to take that kind of risk by not checking IDs," said LaCour. "We've demonstrated to the community that we're not a business that plays that game."

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