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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State Court Voids SLA Split Case Rule

In a decision earlier this month, State Supreme Court Judge Roger McDonough determined that the Liquor Authority’s regulation of split case fees exceeded the authority they’ve been given by the…
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Minimum Wage Increases January 1st

The state’s minimum wage will increase at the start of the new year as part of a long term plan to increase the minimum wage. Under this plan the minimum…
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SLA Forms Committee to Address Licensing Backlog

In spite of new staff and technological upgrades, the State Liquor Authority’s backlog in processing new licenses and permits is about as bad as its been in memory. This not…
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State Insurance Fund Makes Required Training Available

The New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF), through their Risk Control Resource Center, offers New York State-specific Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. The course – available in English and Spanish –…
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Credit Card Surcharge Bill Signed Into Law

Governor Hochul signed into law a bill passed by the Assembly and Senate to clarify how a retailer can charge a surcharge on credit card purchases. The new law, which…
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Year-End Retailer Inventory Replenishment Approved

At the request of wine and liquor wholesalers, the Liquor Authority has approved relief from posted price schedules to facilitate year-end retailer inventory replenishment. While traditionally viewed as a benefit…
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State Liquor Authority Launches Technological Upgrades

The SLA announced new technological upgrades were launched last month to the Authority’s Licensing and Compliance database. The Liquor Authority also launched an updated online portal to apply for permits.…
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SLA Sets November 16th Deadline for All Night Permit Applications

On-premises licensees (bars, taverns, restaurants, etc.) seeking to remain open after the county closing hours on New Year’s Eve must file a permit application with the SLA at least 45…
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