Free the Mimosas

By Kieran Lalor, on Aug 18, 2016

Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I - East Fishkill) is calling on State Senate leaders to send the "brunch bill", legislation overhauling parts of New York's archaic liquor laws, to Governor Cuomo's desk immediately. He is also calling on Governor Cuomo to sign the legislation into law as soon as it gets to his desk.

"This legislation should have been sent to the governor’s desk and signed as soon as it passed," said Lalor. "This was legislation that the governor had been pushing for. It's hard to see any justification for the delay. Hospitality businesses in regions around the state, like Lake George, Saratoga, and the Hudson Valley, depend on the summer months for revenue. It is unfortunate that these businesses have missed out on the benefits of this bill for most of the summer." 

The brunch bill, among several other updates it makes to New York's liquor laws, would allow restaurants and bars to begin serving alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays, instead of noon.

Lalor added, "I have received calls from a number of local businesses saying that their competitors are selling alcohol early on Sunday, ahead of the new law actually being signed and going into effect. This is to the great detriment of those who are following the law. This is bad for businesses and the rule of law." 

"The legislature passed a good bill, but the delay sending it to the governor’s desk is hurting businesses who continue to follow the law as it is. Of course, the state is also missing out on revenue through licensing and sales taxes. I urge the state senate to send the bill to the governor’s desk as soon as possible," Lalor finished.

Lalor's letters to Governor Cuomo and State Senate leaders are available here.