(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Monday announced the first arrest under the City’s new social host ordinance to reduce high-risk underage drinking in the City of Binghamton. The new ordinance also provides an additional law enforcement resource to crack down on large gatherings during the current public health emergency.
On Friday, Nov. 13, at approximately 11:18 p.m., Binghamton Police responded to a report of a loud party at 140 Front St. Officers knocked on the door of the location and observed approximately 100 people inside. Officers observed multiple subjects holding alcoholic beverages and smelled a strong odor of marijuana. Subjects filed out of the building when officers arrived to shut down the party. Officers made contact with multiple individuals under the age of 21 leaving the gathering.
Officers determined that Bianca L. Rigaud, 29, of Dickinson Street in Binghamton, was one of the individuals in charge of the party. Police issued Rigaud an appearance ticket under the City’s social host ordinance.
Officers also charged Katie M. Cafferty, 20, of Henry Street in Binghamton, with an open container violation and issued an appearance ticket.
The Binghamton Police Detective Division is continuing the investigation and additional arrests are possible.
“High-risk underage drinking parties put young people in danger, and large gatherings like this are dangerous for the entire community during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor David. “This law will hold accountable those promoting and hosting the types of events that disrupt neighborhoods and can lead to unsafe situations for college students and other young people.”
The new social host law enacts penalties for hosts of social gatherings if alcoholic beverages or drugs are possessed by, served to or consumed by a minor. Violation of the ordinance is punishable by a fine of $1,000 or imprisonment for 15 days. The ordinance was introduced by Mayor David in July and approved by City Council in August.
The City worked on the initiative with Binghamton University’s Campus and Community Coalition (BCCC), founded in 2018 to reduce high-risk alcohol use and underage drinking.
In addition to enforcing the new social host ordinance, the Binghamton Police Department will continue to actively monitor and enforce violations of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders regarding gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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