Heads Up Lottery Agents…New Signed Agreement Required

The NYS Lottery has sent notices to all agents of a change in their regulations limiting the prizes agents can pay to under $600. Previously the regulations allowed agents to…
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Purchases from Liquor Stores Passes Senate, Stalls in Assembly

Our proposal to allow restaurants and tavern to make limited purchases from liquor stores passed the State Senate 59 -1 as this year’s session came to a close. The bill…
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A Good Time Was Had By All

We had 104 golfers tee it up at our Annual “Open for Hospitality” Golf Outing on June 3rd at Cronin’s Golf Course located in beautiful Warrensburg, New York. Playing on…
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SLA Posts Renewal Advisories

Experienced licensees know to expect the State Liquor Authority to send out a “Renewal Advisory” to your business about 90 days before your license expires. But recently some licensees have…
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Safety Group 554 Dividend Announced for 2022-2023 Policy Year

The Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association (ESRTA) Safety Group 554 and the New York State Insurance Fund announced a 37.5 percent dividend for the policy year September 30, 2022…
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Liquor License Backlog Improving

State Liquor Authority Chair Lily Fan reported at a Board meeting this month that the Authority has made progress with the long delays in reviewing licenses, permits, and renewals. While…
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Bill Authorizing Liquor Store Purchases Advances

The Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee approved our bill to allow restaurants and taverns to make limited purchases from liquor stores earlier this month. The bill has advanced to…
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Drinks to Go Extended, Most ABC Reform Left Out of State Budget

The Assembly and Senate completed adoption of the state budget last week before heading home for a two week break. The final state budget includes an extension of drinks-to-go until…
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Employer Changes Part of State Budget

The final budget also includes some items of importance to all employers in New York State: Sunsetting COVID-19 Sick Leave – the Governor proposed ending the COVID-19 Sick Leave requirements…
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New Member Referral Program

Current Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association members can receive a $50 credit on their dues invoice for each new member they refer to the Association. If the amount of…
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Proposal to Allow Purchases from Liquor Stores Advances

The State Senate included our proposal to allow restaurants, taverns and bars to purchase liquor & wine from liquor stores in the budget plan they released last week. The Senate’s…
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New Federal Reporting Requirement for Beneficial Ownership Information

In 2021, Congress enacted the bipartisan Corporate Transparency Act to curb illicit finance. This law requires many companies doing business in the United States to report information about who ultimately…
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