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Bradley and Ford Confirmed (Again) by the Legislature

The New York State Senate confirmed SLA Chairman Vincent Bradley and Commissioner Greeley Ford to new three year terms before recessing for the year. Chairman Bradley and Commissioner Ford have been voices of reason since joining the State Liquor Authority. Most importantly, as residents of upstate New York they bring “upstate sensibility” to the work…
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Session Concludes .. Some Wins, Some Losses, Threats Looming

The New York State Legislature recessed for the year this month after an active year for the newly minted Democratic Majority. A lot of the “energy” of the legislative session was invested in pushing through a laundry list of “progressive” issues that had been blocked by the Republican State Senate. We started the year with…
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Passing Along Credit Card Processing Fees to Your Customers

Many of our members have expressed concern to us about the ever increasing cost of processing credit and debit card payments. The combination of the continuing hikes in fees from the card processors with the growing use of these payment forms by your customers has made this one of your most expensive cost centers. For…
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Last Call for Golfers

Time is running out to register for the Association’s Annual Golf Outing being held on June 3rd at Cronin’s Golf Resort in Warrensburg. The $110 per golfer registration fee includes greens fees, cart, lunch, refreshments on the course, hors d’oeuvres and dinner (cash bar), awards, and prizes. Call the Association office at 518-436-8121 to register…
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State Budget Round Up…Bags, Food Waste, and Bottles

The State Legislature completed adoption of the state budget overnight on March 31st and April 1st and there were no major issues for our members. The final budget does include a ban on single-use plastic bags, but it exempts restaurants. The new state law has a somewhat confusing local option to require a fee on…
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New Threat Emerges to Tip Credit

While we’ve had our eyes on the state budget deliberations, Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC) – the union funded organization driving the campaign to eliminate the minimum wage for tipped foodservice workers – has been busy building support for their proposal to eliminate the tip credit: ROC has brought tipped workers to Albany to advocate…
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Association Counsel Joins The Wagoner Firm

Longtime Legal Counsel to the State Association, Jim Linnan, has joined The Wagoner Firm. Jim joins The Wagoner Firm in its fifth year of business and at a time of dramatic growth, as the firm adds medical malpractice, personal injury and expertise in the area of the hospitality industry, including representation before the New York…
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Calling All Golfers

The Association’s Annual Golf Outing will be held this year at Cronin’s Golf Resort in Warrensburg on June 3rd. The $110 per golfer registration fee includes greens fees, cart, lunch, refreshments on the course, hors d’oeuvres and dinner (cash bar), awards, and prizes. Cronin’s cabins are available for overnight stay on a first come –…
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Budget Deliberations Continue

The Assembly and Senate have each adopted their one house budget resolutions signaling the start of the budget conference committee process. Over the next few weeks negotiations will go on behind closed doors between the Assembly, the Senate and the Governor. The expansion of the Bottle Bill and a ban on single use plastic bags…
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Time to Plan for 2019 Golf Outing

Happy Spring! What better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring (even if the weather hasn’t gotten the message) than to start planning for the Association’s Annual Golf Outing. As the enclosed flier details, we’re once again  hosting the outing at Cronin’s Golf Resort in Warrensburg. This year’s outing will be held on June 3rd.…
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Cleo Emmer Passes Away at 97

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of the Association’s longest serving and hardest working member, Cleo Emmer. Cleo will be remembered as a lady who loved life and was loved by all. No one worked harder for or cared more about the members of the Association than Cleo did. Our monthly…
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Governor’s Budget Proposes to Expand Bottle Bill

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal includes an expansion of the Bottle Bill to add sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit & vegetable drinks, and ready-to-drink coffees and teas. Wine and liquor bottles are not immediately included in the new, broader mandate, but a task force is created by the proposal to study how to expand the…
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