Hoovler seeks funding for social host law

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GOSHEN – Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler is seeking funding to get the word out regarding the soon-to-be enacted county social host law.
The county legislature recently approved the local law following the death of Town of Wallkill resident Justin Speights, who was killed while trying to break up a fight at a New Year’s Eve party in the Town of Crawford.
Hoovler said the funds would be used for education and awareness about the law that will hold homeowners legally responsible for allowing alcoholic beverages to be served to underage people in their residences.
“We will be asking for a small appropriation of $20,000 that will be used to reach the community through public service announcements, through fliers and mailers sent to schools and after-school programs dealing with the issue that we have of underage drinking and social hosting,” The DA said.
Police continue to investigate Speights’ murder and have made no arrests to date.
The funding Hoovler is requesting would be for programs implemented next year.