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Lawmakers pushing for modified liquor, alcohol laws in NYS: What’s being considered?

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New York legislators are making a final push to expand the types of alcoholic beverages that can be shipped directly to consumers and to ease how restaurants procure alcohol. Before the legislative session concludes on June 6, they aim to allow restaurants to buy alcohol from local retailers, which could bypass delays from larger distributors.


The state’s recent $237 billion budget has already extended the availability of to-go alcoholic beverages until 2030 and granted movie theaters serving food the ability to obtain liquor licenses. Looking ahead, some lawmakers are advocating to make alcohol-to-go a permanent fixture.

Opposition comes from various quarters, including addiction recovery advocates who argue that increased accessibility to alcohol could worsen public health issues, especially among the youth. Rob Kent, a former state counsel on addiction, emphasizes the potential public health costs over the projected revenue gains from these legislative changes. Meanwhile, the dominant liquor distributors, controlling over 90% of the market, oppose these changes, fearing even minimal losses to their profits.



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