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United States : Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Modernize New York's Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation to modernize New York's archaic 80-year-old Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, which included provisions prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages at on-premises establishments before noon on Sunday. The comprehensive legislation allows alcohol to be sold earlier on Sundays, adds common sense provisions to broaden retail sales by producers, and reduces burdensome fees for wineries, distilleries, breweries and cideries statewide. Over the last five years, Governor Cuomo has taken sweeping action to simplify regulations for the beverage industry, resulting in an unprecedented, three-fold increase in licensed wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries across the state. The Governor signed the legislation at the Genesee Brew House in Rochester. New Yorks burgeoning craft beverage industry has served as an economic generator for communities across the state and with this legislation, we are building on that progress, Governor Cuomo said. By cutting red tape, breaking down artificial barriers and rolling back arcane and burdensome regulations, we are setting the stage for this industrys continued resurgence and future growth and I am proud to sign it into law.

Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan said, Small businesses and consumers throughout the state will greatly benefit from this reform of the state's outdated blue laws that will expand Sunday brunch options and promote the continued success of New Yorks service and beverage industries. I thank Senator Lanza for his efforts to get this legislation passed, and Governor Cuomo and our colleagues in the Assembly for working with us to help cut red tape and burdensome regulations so that more businesses can grow and thrive.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, New York is home to some of the best craft beer, cider, wine and spirits our country has to offer. This legislation updates and simplifies New Yorks outdated Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws so that New Yorks craft beverage industry can thrive and everyone can enjoy more of what our great state has to offer. I would like to thank Majority Leader Joe Morelle and Assemblymembers Robin Schimminger and Michael Benedetto for their hard work and leadership in making New York a great place to do business, inspiring tourism and opening the door for new opportunities.

Senator Andrew Lanza said, This law will modernize state alcohol laws that in many cases date back to Prohibition while cutting red tape, lowering costs, and rolling back burdensome regulations. I thank Governor Cuomo and Majority Leader Flanagan for their efforts in making this important legislation law."

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