The Empire Strikes Ahead – Recommended Changes to New York’s Alcohol Laws

Daniel Kostrzewa | April 19, 2016

On April 13th, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced the final report of the Alcohol Beverage Control Law Working Group, which had been convened to review and recommend changes to New York’s existing Alcohol Beverage Control Law (ABCL).

The final report (available here) notes fifteen areas of the ABCL where the Working Group found updates to be necessary or beneficial to the alcohol beverage industry in New York. The ABCL dates back 80 years to the end of Prohibition, and many of the original rules remain unchanged since then. The Working Group’s mission, then, was to suggest way to modernize the ABCL. This is apparent in some of the suggestions, including expansion of Sunday sales and easing regulations on craft manufacturers. (more…)