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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Campaign for ABC Reform Advances

Our work to change the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law to allow you to purchase liquor and wine from liquor stores, and the broader effort to modernize the ABC law is…
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Governor Hochul Announces New Law to Clarify Disclosure of Credit Card Surcharges Goes Into Effect Sunday, February 11

Governor Hochul Signed into Law in December 2023 for Greater Consumer Protections and More Transparency Business Transactions Imposing a Credit Card Surcharge Must Post Total Price of Transactions, Including Surcharge, Prior To…
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ABC Reform Coalition Launches

The Association joined with the Business Council, the NYS Latino Restaurant Bar + Lounge Association, and the NYS Restaurant Association to launch a coalition to advocate for changes to the…
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Association Sets Albany Lobby Day for February 13th

As you can see from this report, we’re dialed in on trying to bring resolution to the pricing issues with liquor wholesalers. The effort we started more than 5 years…
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