Suffolk lawmakers unanimously approved a bill Tuesday night that makes it a misdemeanor for adults to allow underage drinking in their homes instead of a violation.
The amendment to the so-called social host law, sponsored by Legis. Tom Cilmi (R-Bay Shore) and Legis. Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood), would allow police to better crack down on drinking as graduation and prom season heats up, sponsors and police officials said.
Police officers currently have to witness the underage drinking because it is classified as a violation under the law, Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said.
“This will enhance our ability to enforce the social host law,” Sini said. “It sends an important message out to the community that we won’t tolerate underage drinking.”
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