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Senate bill could transform alcohol sales in NY, but liquor stores are worried

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A bill being considered in the state senate could allow alcohol to be shipped directly to consumers’ homes, potentially transforming the way many buy wine and liquor. However, this proposal has raised concerns among local businesses who fear it could threaten their livelihood.


Matt Jager, co-owner of Pinnacle Liquor, opposes New York State Senate Bill 4245, which would permit direct-to-consumer supplier shipping of liquor from out of state. Jager believes that his business and other small shops in the area would suffer due to the increased competition from larger corporations.

The bill is currently pending in a senate committee, where Jager hopes it will remain. However, State Senator George Borrello, a co-sponsor of the bill, argues that the legislation would level the playing field, as wineries and cideries are already allowed to ship their products directly to consumers. Borrello claims that the bill would benefit small distilleries and entrepreneurs who may not have access to the traditional liquor store supply chain.

It’s unclear if this bill will make it through by the end of session.