Did councilman buy beer for kids?

May 16, 2008 3:13:26 PM PDT
A councilman from Ulster County is in trouble with the law Friday. He was a chaperone on a high school field trip to the Mets game Thursday. Police say Patrick Phillips bought beers at the game and gave them to the underage students, including his son.

The councilman is from the town of Lloyd in Highland, New York.

The NYPD says Phillips bought the alcoholic beverages for himself and two teenagers, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old. He allegedly bought them right at the start of the afternoon game.

Authorities say the vendor who Phillips bought the beer from notified stadium security.

Shea Security then got police involved and Phillips was issued a summons. He is due in court in July on charges related to purchasing alcoholic beverages for minors.

In addition being a town councilman, Phillips is also a lieutenant in the City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department.

The superintendent of the Highland School district issued the following statement:

Mr. John McCarthy, Superintendent 320 Pancake Hollow Rd. Highland, NY 12528

On Thursday, May 15, 2008, 43 students, six chaperones and some parents from Highland High School went to Shea Stadium to examine the marketing strategies used at the stadium as part of their business course.

From our investigation, a parent and two students became separated from the group. It is our understanding that the parent purchased alcohol for his personal consumption. According to the information obtained, Shea Stadium Security and the New York City Police became involved with the situation. The students involved have been dealt with in accordance to the Highland Central School District's Code of Conduct. The District will not release the names of the students or parent involved with this unfortunate isolated incident.