Instant Lottery Ticket Accounting Changes Postponed

The NYS Lottery’s plan to implement changes in their accounting for instant tickets has been delayed. The Confirmed/Settled60 Inventory Management Plan announced earlier this fall was originally slated to begin on January 1, 2021 but will now launch on July 1, 2021. Starting on July 1st next year instant ticket books that are in CONFIRMED…
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Rules Outline for Credit/Debit Card Surcharges

Many businesses are confused when it comes to credit and debit card surcharges. According to the NYS Division of Consumer Protection, credit card surcharges are prohibited in New York State. Businesses are not allowed to advertise a price and add a surcharge at the point of sale when a consumer elects to pay with a…
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State Announces Updated Micro-Cluster Zones

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced updated COVID-19 micro-cluster focus zones in New York State today. Niagara County’s Yellow Precautionary Zone will be expanded. New Yellow Precautionary Zones will be added for Batavia, Genesee County, and for Rome and Utica, Oneida County. Modifications to Current Micro-Cluster Focus Zones Niagara County – Click Here for Map The current…
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Association Calls for Restaurant Survival Kit

This morning the Association issued the press release below calling on the federal and state governments to enact a Restaurant Survival Kit to help our members survive through this crisis:   EMPIRE STATE RESTAURANT & TAVERN ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT TO PURSUE A “RESTAURANT SURVIVAL KIT” ALBANY – The Empire State Restaurant…
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New York City Indoor Dining On Pause

The Governor announced he’s closing indoor dining in New York City starting Monday, December 14. Takeout and delivery will still be allowed. Outside of New York City, the State is studying the data and will make a determination on Monday about possible closures. Yellow, Orange, and Red cluster zones will continue. The Governor also publicly…
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Indoor Dining Restrictions On The Horizon

Governor Cuomo announced updates to his “Winter Plan” for controlling the spread of the virus. The Governor explained that the plan will provide that if after five days the regional hospitalization rate has not stabilized, indoor dining in New York City will be closed and reduced from 50% to 25% capacity in the rest of…
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NYS Driver’s License Expiration Waiver Extended to January 1st

Governor Cuomo issued an executive order on December 2 that extends through January 1, 2021, his previous order that New York State driver’s licenses with expiration dates of March 1, 2020 or later shall continue to be treated as valid, including for purposes of verifying the age of purchasers of age-restricted products. As previously reported,…
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Nassau County Launches Restaurant Recovery Grant Program

Nassau County is launching the Nassau County Restaurant Recovery Grant Program for full-service restaurants located within the County that experienced reductions in sales and/or revenue revenue due to COVID-19 and that are in need of financial assistance to continue to operate or to be able to reopen as allowed by law during the crisis. Up…
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SLA Sends Email Notice to All Licensees

License Holder, 10 P.M. Curfew for Bars, Restaurants and Liquor Stores – Effective November 13, 2020 We are writing to thank you for remaining vigilant in complying with the important COVID-related public health requirements, and to remind and reaffirm to you that pursuant to Executive Order 202.74, effective Friday, November 13, 2020, New York State…
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Senator Schumer Continues Fight for Small Business Relief

US Senate Democratic Leader and New York Senior Senator Chuck Schumer continued his fight to get COVID-19 relief for small business owners, including restaurant owners, at a press event this week in Athens, New York. Senator Schumer highlighted the provisions of the HEROES Small Business Lifeline Act. The Act provides relief for New York’s smallest…
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Where Are We?

The question we get every day is where are we? Is the Governor going to shut us down? What restrictions are coming next? The truth is we don’t know. The Governor continues to emphasize the micro-cluster approach to imposing restrictions. Under this plan areas as small as individual neighborhoods can be designated as either yellow,…
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State Legislative Election Update

With all 213 seats in the New York State Legislature up for grabs on Election Day all eyes were on whether the State Senate Democrats would increase their majority to at least 42 members or more, achieving a super-majority and giving them the potential to override a veto by Governor Cuomo. Three weeks after Election…
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