Senator O'Mara's opening statement at a May 23 Albany roundtable on allowing the sale of wine in grocery stores.

May 23, 2011

Albany, N.Y., May 23—State Senator Tom O’Mara sponsored a roundtable discussion in Albany today on legislation he sponsors (A.7659/S.5358), the “Wine Industry and Liquor Store Development Act,” to allow the sale of wine in grocery stores.

In this video, Senator O'Mara makes an opening statement at today's roundtable.

The forum included legislators, winemakers, consumer advocates, members of the food industry, representatives of the agricultural and tourism industries, and other statewide business leaders who highlighted the economic, fiscal, and consumer benefits of authorizing wine sales in New York’s grocery stores, convenience stores, and other outlets currently licensed to sell beer.

[Watch today's entire roundtable discussion on YouTube] 

O'Mara and Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle (D-Irondequoit) said that the introduction of their new legislation seeks to rekindle a decades-old debate in the Legislature: should New York State allow the sale of wine in grocery stores?