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LIQUOR STORES URGE PATAKI TO ALLOW SUNDAY SALES OPTION -- Six-days open compromise allows choice, raises revenue --

May 5, 2003 08:00 PM
BUFFALO, NY, May 6, 2003 – The Empire Liquor Store Association, representing hundreds of package store owners across the state, released a letter today sent to Governor Pataki stating their overwhelming support for the budget provision that permits liquor and wine sales on Sundays for the first time since Prohibition. The letter, signed by dozens of the group’s members, stated, “…we are writing to inform you of the overwhelming support among package store owners for the six day license which would give us the opportunity to open for business on Sundays.” The letter added, “Letting us choose which six days to open will give our customers more convenience, retailers more flexibility and the state more money.” Under the provision in the budget -- which was passed Friday by the legislature and has been sent to the Governor -- wine and liquor store owners would get to choose any six days of the week to open for business. The representatives of the Empire Liquor Store Association, whose organization voted unanimously to support the measure, said many package store owners will use this new flexibility to open on Sunday since it is the second busiest shopping day of the week. “This will be a genuine convenience for our customers, especially busy two-earner families who do most of their shopping on the weekend.” Original revenue estimates showed allowing full seven day sales would raise $36 million in new taxes for the state. Even with the 6-day option, it is projected to raise more than $26 million because many stores will choose to open Sunday. “It’s time to stop letting other states take a bite out of New York’s Apple,” they said, pointing out that Sunday liquor and wine sales will help package store owners near the state’s borders recapture millions of dollars being lost to neighboring states. The signatories closed the letter by stressing to Governor Pataki that his support would, “…greatly help the hundreds of family-owned package stores throughout the state” and they urged, “Please do not to turn your back on our small businesses.” LETTER AND SIGNATURES ARE ATTACHED -30- The Honorable George Pataki Office of the Governor State Capitol Albany, NY 12224 Dear Governor Pataki: As the representatives of the Empire Liquor Store Association, we are writing to inform you of the overwhelming support among package store owners for the six day license which would give us the opportunity to open for business on Sundays. The hundreds of members of the Empire Package Store Association have voted unanimously to support this position. While there seems to be many contentious issues in balancing the state’s budget this year, Sunday openings is one issue where there should be little disagreement. Letting us choose which six days to open will give our customers more convenience, retailers more flexibility and the state more money. Many store owners will use this flexibility to open on Sundays – the second busiest shopping day of the week. This will be a genuine convenience for our customers, especially busy two-earner families who do most of their shopping on the weekend. In addition, Sunday liquor and wine sales will help the package store owners near the state’s borders recapture the millions of dollars in sales being lost to neighboring states. It’s time to stop letting other states take a bite out of New York’s Apple. The ability to increase our sales will result in more revenue for New York state and local governments without having to raise taxes. We also fully support the provision that calls for a five-year moratorium on new liquor licenses. Please do not turn your back on our small businesses. Your support will greatly help the hundreds of family-owned package stores throughout the state. Support us by supporting the six day optional sales provision in the budget bill. Thank you for your help. Sincerely, Steve Glamuzina President Empire Liquor Store Association (716) 634-9295 Richard Hutan Herlan’s Liquor Store Newfane Rick and Mary Beth Maxa Bottles & Corks Corning Harold Hibbard Old Portage Shop Lewiston Lorene Mariano Mariano’s Liquors Buffalo John Beitz Lancaster Discount Liquor Lancaster Richard Larroque Outlet Liquors Depew Monica Frankish Village Liquor Store Depew Bernard Larroque B & B Liquor Checktowaga William Mackiewicz Frontier Liquor Buffalo Tom Ruh Southtowns Wine and Liquor Buffalo Gerry Zahariev North Boston Liquors North Boston Tom Furst Webster Central Liquor Store Webster Erwin and Victoria Walker Southgate Liquors West Seneca Marilyn Perdue Raynors Liquro Store Jamestown Joanne Ashley Wayland Liquor Store Wayland Denise Woodruff Key Liquors Buffalo J. Preston Hansel Hansel’s Liquor Store Palmyra John T. Perry Attica Wine & Spirits Attica James Lepore Chili Liquor Store Rochester Herbert Bellamy Bellamy Liquors Buffalo Anthony Pietraszek Kenwood Liquors Tonawanda Craig Allen All Star Wine and Spirits Latham Jean Angell Judd Falls Wine & Spirits Ithaca Nelson Habecker East Avenue Liquor Store Rochester Kathy Snyder Westside Wine & Spirits Alfred Donald Lovelace EJ’s Liquors Batavia Thomas Zoaratti On the Rox Liquors Amherst George Draper Clearfield Liquor Williamsville Samuel Consiglo J.B. Liquor Shoppe Jamestown Martin Romanchak Yorkshire Spirits Yorkshire Marc Ressler Midnight Liquors Tonawanda Mark Butler Sheridan Plaza Liquor Kenmore Donald Gubbins Frank’s Liquor North Tonawanda Allen Ott, Jr. Reed’s Liquor Store East Aurora Robert C. Leighton Brighton Liquor Tonawanda Leslie Carscallen Gates Circle Liquor Buffalo Jeff Biehler Biehler’s Liquor Store Hamburg James F. Castellani Wine & Liquor Outlet Lockport William Caputi Caputi’s Northtown Liquor Amherst Keith McKinley McKinley Liquor Blasdell Bill Lizauckas The Corner Store Liquor Amherst Chris Castellini Supermarket Liquors & Wines Niagara Falls Mark Schmidt Centerview Liquor Mart West Seneca Burton Notarus Prime Wines Kenmore Joe Carnevale Command Liquor & Wines Blasdell John Batchen Majestic Liquors Lackawanna David Warren Main Wine and Spirits Dunkirk Raye Ann Dryden Elma Liquor Elma Ang Marracino Harris Hills Liquors Williamsville Floyd Ridley Old Mill Liquor by the Bridge Phelps Joanne Hoffend Hoffend’s Liquor Store Victor Rita McGoldrick South Park Liquors Buffalo CONTACT: Lisa Hawkins or Steve Glamuzine Telephone: 202-682-8840 or 716-634-9295 SCROLLER Publication Name: Publication Author:
 

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