New York Aims to Modernize State Alcohol Beverage Laws

New York alcohol beverage producers, wholesalers and retailers take note:  there may be some changes coming your way.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the creation of an industry working group to recommend revisions to the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws.  The group, to be headed up by NY State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley, is scheduled to look into “reorganizing or replacing the current alcohol beverage control law” as well as the following issues:

  • Removing outdated and redundant provisions;
  • Modernizing statutory language for clarity;
  • Improving and consolidating various licensing provisions;
  • Clarifying the types of licenses available;
  • Reducing mandatory paperwork; and
  • Eliminating unnecessary restrictions imposed on manufacturers.

The working group’s first meeting is scheduled to take place on November 12, 2015 at 1pm at the NYSLA’s Harlem Office (317 Lenox Avenue).  Video conferencing will be available in the NYSLA’s Albany and Buffalo office locations.  Seating is limited, and parties interested in attending should RSVP by sending an email to [email protected] no later than noon on Wednesday, November 11.