Senator Gallivan Supports Agreement to Reform NY's Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws

Patrick M. Gallivan

June 28, 2016

Agreement Expands Sunday Alcohol Sales at Restaurants & Eases Regulations on Businesses

Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) supports an agreement to modernize New York’s Alcohol Beverage Control Law.  Under legislation co-sponsored by Gallivan, restaurants and bars would be allowed to serve alcohol earlier on Sundays and reduces burdensome fees for wineries, distilleries, breweries and cideries statewide.  

“Reform of the state’s blue laws is long overdue,” Gallivan said.  “This legislation is part of my ongoing effort to cut red tape and burdensome regulations in order to make New York a better place to do business.  These common sense changes are good news for consumers and will benefit restaurants, wineries and other small businesses while encouraging growth in the beverage and hospitality industries.” 

Under the agreement, restaurants and bars are authorized to serve alcohol starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday instead of the current noon.  The legislation also allows licensees to apply for a permit up to 12 times per year to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises on Sundays between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. in areas outside New York City.

The legislation also:

  • Authorizes craft manufacturers to obtain multiple craft licenses on one application.  The change eliminates burdensome paperwork by combining craft manufacturing licenses into one application.
  • Authorizes the sale of wine in growlers.  Current law requires that wine sold at retail for off premises consumption to be kept in their original concealed containers.  The agreement also authorizes wineries to allow customers to take home a partially finished bottle of wine.
  • Reduces fees for craft beverage salespeople.  The current law requires any salesperson employed by a manufacturer or wholesales to obtain a solicitor’s permit in addition to a bond.  The agreement eliminates the fee and removes the bond requirement.
  • Reduces fees for small wholesalers.  Under current law, small wholesales must pay the same amount for their license as their larger counterparts.  The agreement would create a low-cost importer’s license for wholesales that sell only to other wholesales.
  • Authorizes gift wrapping.  The agreement allows liquor stores to sell gift wrapping and gift bags to their customers.
  • Authorizes the Governor in the case of a vacancy of the Chairman of the SLA to appoint one of the two remaining commissioners as Acting Chairman for a period not to exceed six months or the nomination and confirmation of a new Chairman, whichever occurs earlier.  If the Governor nominates a new Chairman within the six-month period, the powers of the Acting Chairman extend for another 90 days or until the new Chairman is confirmed, whichever is earlier.