A Long Beach resident was slapped with a summons for violating the city’s Social Host Law ordinance last week.
According to Long Beach Police Department, Patti Michaelman, 46, was issued the summons after police officers responded to a call about noise at 63 Forester St. on Sept. 20. The two officers that responded to the scene observed a minor exit the residence holding an alcoholic beverage, police said.
"The person hosting the party, Patti Michaelman, was issued a summons for violating the Social Host Law for allowing a minor to consume an alcoholic beverage on private property," said Lt. Eric Cregeen, an LBPD spokesman.
Michaelman is summons to appear at Long Beach City Court Oct. 7.
“The Long Beach Police Department will not tolerate underage drinking in our community,” Cregeen said.
The summons is the second of its kind that police have issues this year. In June, police issued a resident a summons for violating Social Host law after police responded to a call about a loud party at an East Market Street home and officers observed minors drinking at the scene.
In 2006, Long Beach was the first municipality to pass New York State’s first social host ordinance, according to the City of Long Beach website. The ordinance refers to any “legal” adult who is “in charge” of the premises, and the penalty for violating the law is a fine up to $250 and/or 15 days in jail. An adult in the State of New York refers to anyone older than 16; others fall under the juvenile system.
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