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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Governor Hochul Drops Mask Mandate

With COVID numbers vastly improved, Governor Hochul this morning announced she will allow her indoor vax-or-mask mandate for businesses to expire effective tomorrow. However, she said the policy will remain…
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Governor Extends Mask Mandate until February 10

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that she’s extending the state mask mandate policy, which requires New Yorkers to wear face coverings in all public indoor settings unless the area is restricted…
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Liquor Authority Cautions Licensees on Promoting Gambling

The SLA has posted a notice on the homepage of their website warning licensees that suffering and permitting gambling is still illegal. Our conversations with the Authority confirm that it…
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Governor Proposes Drinks-to-Go, SLA Improvements

Governor Kathy Hochul proposed her Executive Budget last week outlining her priorities for the year ahead featuring initiatives to help restaurants, bars, and other small businesses. The Governor highlighted her…
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Appeals Court Leaves Mandate in Place

The appeals court has stayed the lower court decision pending the appeal, so the mask mandate will remain in place while the appeal is pending. Please note that the State…
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SLA Weighs In on Mask Mandate

As we reported earlier, a State Court overturned the mask mandate yesterday. The State of New York has filed an appeal and it is likely, but not certain, that the…
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