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NY Cracking Down On Underage Drinking At 2017 Concerts

New York law enforcement is cracking down on underage drinking at summer concerts and festivals across the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced fake identification sweeps are beginning in time for the 2017 concert season.

Cuomo says Department of Motor Vehicles investigators and state police made 12 arrests May 18 at a Brad Paisley concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and 55 arrests at a Future concert at Darien Lake in western New York on May 24.

Authorities recovered fake licenses from New York, Rhode Island, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida.

Patrons under 21 using false documents to purchase alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for up to a year.

© 2017 AP

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.