ITHACA, N.Y. — Three Ithaca businesses sold alcohol to an undercover agent during an underage drinking sting, according to the New York State Liquor Authority.

The sting operation was carried out on Saturday, July 27, and targeted ten businesses licensed to sell alcohol, including four in Ithaca and six in Steuben County. Three establishments were cited in Ithaca, as were four in Savona and Campbell.

According to the SLA, an underage agent was able to buy alcohol at Sam’s Wine & Spirits, the Ithaca Ale House, and the Ithaca Marriott Downtown.

SLA charges for selling to a minor carry civil penalties starting at $2,500 for first-time offenses, up to a maximum of $10,000. Repeat offenses can also lead to the suspension or revocation of a business’s liquor license, and employees who sell alcohol to buyers under the age of 21 can face misdemeanor charges.

The Commons Market, at 122 N. Aurora St., did not sell alcohol to the undercover agent during the sting operation.

Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at or 607-391-0328.