Drinks to Go Included in State Budget

Governor Hochul and the New York State Legislature reached agreement on a final state budget that includes allowing restaurants, taverns, bars, and other on premises establishments to sell drinks to go for the next three years. Here are the key provisions: Restaurants currently licensed to sell wine, beer, and spirits may do so with food…
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Plans for 2022 Golf Outing Announced

It’s time to make your plans to attend the Association’s Annual Golf Outing. We’re once again hosting the outing at Cronin’s Golf Resort in Warrensburg. This year’s outing will be held on Monday, June 6th. The $110 per golfer registration fee includes greens fees, cart, lunch, refreshments on the course, hors d’oeuvres and dinner (cash…
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SLA Publishes Guidance on Drinks to Go – FAQs Added

The State Liquor Authority has published guidance on the sale of wine and liquor to-go by on-premises retail licensees. You can access the guidance here. The SLA has now posted these FAQs to help explain the rules for drinks to go.      
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Governor Signs Budget Bills – Drinks to Go Legal Again…But We Have a Few Questions

Governor Hochul has signed all of the budget bills into law and since drinks to go was set to take effect immediately, it’s legal once again to sell drinks to go. Some parts of the law are clear: It’s in effect for 3 years. If the legislature does nothing drinks to go will go away…
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Governor and Legislature Agree to Include Drinks to Go in State Budget

Governor Hochul and the New York State Legislature reached agreement on a final state budget that includes allowing restaurants, taverns, bars, and other on premises establishments to sell drinks to go for the next three years. Here are the key provisions: Restaurants currently licensed to sell wine, beer, spirits and cocktails may do so with…
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HERO Act Designation of COVID-19 Ends

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has announced that the designation declaring COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease under the HERO Act has ended. Therefore, private sector employers are no longer required to implement their workforce safety plans. New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett’s previous extension…
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Governor Hochul Announces Plan to Limit Split Case Fees

The Governor announced at a press conference in Brooklyn highlighting the steps being taken to support the recovery of the hospitality industry that the State Liquor Authority will be seeking to amend the existing rules on fair limitation on split case fees. Governor Hochul explained that these extra fees are charged to restaurants and bars…
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Take Action to Support Drinks-to-Go

Governor Hochul’s proposal to allow on-premises licensees to sell drinks-to-go on a permanent basis remains up in the air as negotiations over the state budget head into the final two weeks. The State Assembly and Senate both rejected drinks-to-go in their One-House Budgets released past this week, but there are indications that they remain open…
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Online Betting Is Now Legal in New York State

Online betting went legal in New York State at the beginning of 2022. In the first two months of legalized online gambling in New York State, New Yorkers surpassed Las Vegas and Atlantic City to become the #1 place in America for gamblers to bet by wagering a staggering $2 Billion on the approved mobile…
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DIAGEO Reminds Us Smirnoff Is American Made

A statement released by DIAGEO: “We have been watching the tragic events unfold involving Ukraine and Russia, and we recognize you may have some questions about the Smirnoff brand. While Smirnoff had its beginnings in Russia – Vladimir Smirnoff in fact fled from Russia during the Revolution and re-established the brand in Europe in the…
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Coalition Forms to Push for Higher Lottery Commissions

Year after year, New York’s 14,600 licensed lottery sales agents — bodegas, taverns, grocery stores, gas stations, liquor stores, newsstands, convenience stores, and other neighborhood businesses — deliver the highest sales of traditional lottery games of any state in the union, generating billions of dollars to support public education. But the costs of selling and…
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Drinks-to-Go Campaign Kicks Off

Governor Hochul’s proposal to allow restaurants, taverns, and other on-premises operators to sell drinks-to-go as part of the State Budget has re-started the discussion over this policy. The announcement was applauded by the public who celebrated the chance to once again get their favorite drinks for takeout. And businesses and employees cheered the additional revenue…
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