ALBANY, NY (WTEN) – Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday morning announced new actions to ensure a more effective and efficient National Liquor Authority, including a proposal to permanently legalize take-out alcohol. In her State of the State Address in January, Governor Hochul announced – take-out alcohol would once again be allowed in restaurants and bars in New York State.
The current alcohol-to-go extension lasts until June 5. Although local restaurant owners were happy with the announcement, they remained hopeful that the extension could last even longer. Governor Hochul said Wednesday she would advocate not just for the extension, but to make the policy permanent in New York state.
In previous alcohol-to-go guidelines, any on-premises licensee and any manufacturing licensee with on-premises retail privileges were permitted to sell for off-premises consumption all alcoholic beverages sold for on-premises consumption. under the law.
Governor Hochul also announced that she will more than double staff at the State Liquor Authority to handle the backlog of liquor license applications across the state. More than 75,000 applications, Hochul said, have been in limbo for some time now.
Governor Hochul now plans to convene groups of people to look at “the ABCs of ABC law,” allowing temporary permits not only for restaurants and bars, but also for craft makers. Hochul plans to re-examine the whole process, reforming the system as a whole.
Temporary liquor licenses have been distributed in as little as three weeks in recent months. This transforms liquor board laws and has allowed many businesses that were closed due to pandemic costs to reopen.
“New York isn’t just open for business, we’re open for the best companies. We are delighted to welcome everyone back,” she concluded.