Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Leads Push to Make Alcoholic Beverages to Go Permanent in New York State

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Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Leads Push to Make Alcoholic Beverages to Go
Permanent in New York State With the restaurant and hospitality industry still reeling from the financial losses of the last two years, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) has renewed his push for legislation (A.7732) that would allow restaurants and bars in New York State to sell and deliver serving sizes of wine, mead and other alcoholic beverages for
consumption off the premises. In her “State of the State” address earlier this month, Gov. Kathy Hochul expressed support for reinstating and making permanent the popular pandemic-era measure that allowed liquor license holders to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption.
According to a recent report by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, employment
in the restaurant, retail and recreation (RRR) sectors in New York City was down by
169,700 jobs in November 2021, accounting for 41 percent of total private sector jobs
lost since November 2019. The report also found that the restaurant subsector currently
employs 30% fewer workers than in 2019, and that only 35% of the restaurants that
applied for Restaurant Revitalization funding received it before the program ran out of
money.
The legislation requires customers to buy a food item with the alcohol to go.
Bottle sales will not be permitted, eliminating any competition with liquor stores.
“The coronavirus has taken an immense toll on the restaurant and hospitality
industry in New York State,” Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said.
“With the Omicron variant once again leaving bars and restaurants with empty
seats and the possibility of other variants impacting our lives in the future, it makes
sense to enact legislation that will let the hospitality industry benefit permanently from a
revenue stream that could make the difference between staying open and losing their
livelihood forever,” he said.

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