Gov. Cuomo and NY lawmakers reach agreement on ‘Brunch Bill’

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders on Tuesday announced an agreement to modernize New York’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.

The new legislation, sometimes referred to as the “brunch bill”, would allow Sunday sales of alcohol at restaurants and bars by changing the statewide opening hours from noon to 10 am.

Additionally, licensees will be able to apply for a permit, limited to twelve per year, to sell alcoholic beverages on Sundays between 8 a.m. and the new 10 a.m. opening hour in areas outside New York City.

The legislation also authorizes the sale of wine in growlers, allows customers to take home partially finished bottles of wine from wineries and farm wineries, and allows liquor stores to sell gift wrapping and gift bags.

The Governor says the legislation will also help bolster New York’s craft beverage industry by eliminating burdensome paperwork by combining multiple licenses into one application, reducing fees for craft beverage salespeople, and reducing license fees for smaller wholesalers.

Governor Cuomo says the new legislation builds on his administration’s efforts to overhaul the State’s blue laws, which he calls ‘archaic’.

“We’ve worked hard to cut red tape, lower costs and roll back burdensome regulations to help New York’s craft beverage industry thrive and create jobs, as well as some of the best beer, wine, cider and distilled spirits in the world,” said Governor Cuomo.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein were also part of Tuesday’s announcement.

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