The State Liquor Authority and the Department of Motor Vehicles are leading a statewide effort to combat underage drinking. Investigators are visiting more than 500 locations throughout New York State. SLA investigators working with underage buyers are conducting sting operations in bars, restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores and liquor stores. In addition to assisting in…

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Now that the state budget is enacted the legislature will turn its attention to other issues and we’re ramping up our campaign to allow you to purchase wine and spirits from liquor stores. Last month we asked you to sign up to participate in our grassroots lobbying activity and the first action we asked you…

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The State Legislature and Governor Cuomo reached agreement on a final state budget earlier this month and unlike last year there’s no bad news for business owners and hope that workers’ compensation insurance reform included in the budget will lead to lower costs for employers. A coalition of business groups, including our Association, made workers’…

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The Trash Free Waters initiative, a partnership of government, environmental, civic and business organizations has started a campaign to reduce the use of single-use plastic straws in restaurants, bars and hotels to reduce the amount of plastic pollution in the waterways. They want businesses to adopt a voluntary policy to only provide straws to patrons…

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The new law allowing all on-premises licensees to sell alcoholic beverages starting at 10:00 am on Sunday and providing a permit for on-premises licensees outside of New York City to open at 8:00 am on twelve occasions each year is now six months old. While many members have taken advantage of the expanded hours the…

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The Association is once again conducting a statewide series of training sessions for owners, managers and servers in conjunction with the State Liquor Authority. Our ABC Law seminar focuses on the responsibilities of licensees in maintaining a premises that is in compliance with the Alcoholic Beverage Control law. Our Alcohol Training Awareness Program (ATAP) addresses…

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When police stop someone suspected of driving while intoxicated there is usually a question and answer period, often followed by some field sobriety tests, and for some, a trip to the local police station. For those drivers who are intoxicated and are processed at the police station, another question is asked of them: “Where was…

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