Updated 09/25/2012 10:00 AM
Crackdown on underage drinking continues
More than two dozen people have been arrested over the past month as a result of the Albany Police Department's effort to curb underage drinking, including four this past weekend. Many of them are college students. Our Innae Park spoke with police and others about the new initiative and she joined us with more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- “Friday and Saturday, the worst,” Pine Hill resident Richard Padula said.
For Richard and Angelina Padula, weekends are to be dreaded.
Angelina Padula said, “They make so much noise, I can't sleep. I'm a very light sleep[er], so wake me up.”
Richard Padula said, “When I first moved here, it was great. I knew everybody on the block. Now it's the opposite.”
Times have changed for the couple who moved to Morris Street almost 48 years ago. Among their neighbors now: Two St. Rose students who were just arrested for serving alcohol to minors.
“They've been having parties every weekend, both Friday nights and Saturday nights, each weekend since school started, pretty much. It was bound to happen eventually,” neighbor Sam Corey said.
Nicholas Panucci and Matthew Flaherty were arrested Sunday morning. Twenty-four hours earlier, just a few streets down on Hudson, Charles Zajac and Jeff Acosta had their party shut down when police arrived and saw 80 to 100 people there. They say some were drinking illegally.
Albany Police Spokesperson Steve Smith said, “People need to realize, especially these students throwing parties, that this is not a playground for partying every weekend. It’s a residential neighborhood.”
Albany Police have been cracking down this year and the numbers show it: 24 arrests since August 20. This time last year, there were only seven arrests.
Smith said, “We work hand in hand with universities as well. The students have been forewarned.”
While their efforts are appreciated, they may not be enough for the Padulas.
“We love this house. We put a lot of money into this house, kept it up, it's a shame. My son says you gotta get out of here, too many things going on here” Richard Padula said.
“So how long until you sell your house?” our reporter asked.
Richard Padula said, “Well, we're just thinking about it, haven't decided...”
Angelina Padula interrupted with, “As soon as possible.”