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NEW YORK PERMANENTLY ADOPTS SUNDAY LIQUOR SALES; Blue Law Permanently Repealed 75 Years After Prohibition Repeal

April 8, 2008 08:00 PM

Washington, DC – New York spirits retailers today commended the legislature for passing the executive budget proposal to permanently extend Sunday spirits sales—a move the Distilled Spirits Council calls a win-win for the state, small businesses and New York consumers. 

“This is great news for the State and the consumer,” said Steve Glamuzina, owner of Georgetown Wine and Spirits in Buffalo. “Sunday sales has been an outstanding success. This will ease the concerns of many package stores owners around New York who, though grudgingly at first, have come to see the real economic benefit to opening on Sundays.”

According to a recent economic analysis by the Distilled Spirits Council, New York gained $92.3 million in new retailer revenue from Sunday sales in 2006 alone.  That translated into an additional $14.2 million in new tax revenue for the state and New York City that would not have otherwise existed.

The executive budget included a revenue clause permanently extending the seven day alcohol license sales, which was set to sunset on May 15, 2008.  The provision was approved today by the State Legislature and takes effect immediately.

In 2003, the State Legislature increased the number of days that a retail liquor store could open from Monday through Friday to any six days in a week.  The Legislature subsequently increased the number of days per week from six to seven in 2004. 

Thirty-four states across the country allow Sunday spirits sales.  Since 2002, 12 states—including New York’s neighbors Pennsylvania and Massachusetts—have modernized their liquor laws by passing legislation allowing Sunday sales.

“In this struggling economy it is important for government to provide small businesses with the tools to succeed—making Sunday sales permanent does exactly that,” said Council Vice President Jay Hibbard.  “It’s fitting in this, the 75th anniversary of Prohibition Repeal that New York puts permanent policies in place that modernize the marketplace and increase consumer convenience.”

Hibbard noted that the majority of today’s modern households are comprised of dual-income workers that want the flexibility to shop on Sunday, now the second busiest shopping day of the week. 

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