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Binghamton police break up party of approximately 100 people

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced the first arrests under the city's new social host ordinance on Monday.

According to a news release, at approximately 11:18 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, the Binghamton Police Department responded to a report of a loud party at 140 Front Street. When officers knocked on the door, they discovered around 100 people inside.

The news released further stated that officers witnessed people leave the building when they arrived. Officers also found people holding alcoholic beverages and smelled marijuana.

Officers said some of the people in attendance were under the age of 21.

Police said they arrested one woman who was partly responsible for the party, in violation of the city's social host ordinance. Another person was arrested for an open container violation. Both were issued appearance tickets.

The Binghamton Police Detective Division is continuing the investigation, and there may be more arrests.

“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 this law can result in a $1,000 fine or imprisonment for 15 days. 

The ordinance was introduced by Mayor David in July and approved by City Council in August.

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