Glen Cove was the first municipality in Nassau County to enact a Social Host Law, a measure subsequently adopted countywide in 2007. It is a step that communities throughout the country are taking to fight underage drinking, making it a crime for adults to permit alcohol consumption in the home by anyone under 21.
Substance Abuse Free Environment, or SAFE, Inc., is a federally-funded non-profit with offices in Glen Cove's City Hall. The group promotes the law as one of its tools in fighting substance abuse among the city's youth, and cited the fact that it has been used to bring charges in 21 cases since its inception.
The most recent was the case of a Glen Cove mother who was arrested after officers responded to a party at her home where teens were drinking alcohol. In response to about the incident, the woman maintained that she was not home at the time of the party.
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