Village Of Alfred Comes Up With Stricter Drinking Law
And Village May Allow More Fraternity and Sorority Houses In Downtown District
March 14, 2012
ALFRED, NY - The Village of Alfred has passed a new law that affects those who get caught having underage drinking parties. The new rule is known as the social hosting law, and it is Alfred's way of discouraging serving alcohol to those who are under the age of 21. "If the police department is called to a property, based on a complaint from a member of the community, that there is noise or disorderly conduct," Alfred Village Deputy Mayor Virginia Rasmussen told WLEA/WCKR News, "And they find that it is a party that has alcohol consumption going on, and they (party goers) are serving to minors, they can hold responsible and issue a summons to anyone who is hosting that party."
Also in Alfred, the village board is going to vote on a zoning law which could allow fraternities and sororities to own or rent houses in more sections of downtown Alfred. One Alfred resident who attended Wednesday night's public hearing on the new zoning law, Sharon Bouck-Smith, was very opposed to the measure. "Do you want to be walking in to a funeral on Saturday afternoon, with a big party going on across the street?" Mrs. Bouck-Smith asked those present at the public hearing.
Another resident who attended the meeting was former Alfred Mayor Gary Ostrower, a university history professor, who has mixed feelings about the proposed law. "I was on the board here for 24 years, and we wrestled with issues having to do with the physical appearance of fraternities and sororities and other group houses. We've wrestled with behavioral problems related to all of that," said Ostrower. "I think to a certain extent, by centralizing the location of these kinds of houses, we may in some ways concentrate the problems. That may be both good, and that may be bad, but I don't think that's going to come without consequences."
The frat house zoning vote could come as soon as the next regular monthly meeting in April.
To see excerpts from the public hearing, click below: