Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced that he is proposing legislation, which arose out of the recommendations of his Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Working Group, to modernize the state’s 80-year-old Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
The Governor is proposing:
- expanding on-promises Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages;
- modernizing the licensing process to allow greater discretion for restaurant applications;
- reducing paperwork for craft manufacturers;
- authorizing the sale of wine in growlers;
- reducing fees for craft beverage salespeople; and
- reducing fees for small wholesalers.
Gov. Cuomo said:
“New York’s investments in the craft beverage industry have driven growth, created hundreds of jobs and unleashed a new optimism and energy amongst wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries across the state. This new legislation will build on that progress by modernizing the state’s Blue Laws, cutting through the red tape and removing artificial barriers to growth”