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Could New York allow wine or liquor to be sold in grocery stores?

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced plans to overhaul the state’s alcohol and beverage control laws.

Critics have said existing laws are outdated.

The changes could have a significant impact on businesses and consumers alike. Making it happen could also be a major challenge.


A source has said that Hochul has previously held conversations with members of the wine industry about the possibility of allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores.

However, it’s unlikely that will be included in the Governor’s budget release on Wednesday.

The Business Council of New York State has also been pushing for changes to existing regulations for alcohol sales, including the “public convenience” requirements that limit where liquor stores can be opened.