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Changes brewing for state's liquor law

NYS Governor's Office

Based on recommendations of an industry task force, Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing changes to New York's outdated liquor law. The stated goal is to boost the state's growing craft brewing industry.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing legislation, that he says, will ensure New York's craft beverage industry and tourism industry continues to thrive. In Rochester, Cuomo said on Wednesday, the state is now home to nearly 1,000 wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries.

"I think it will unleash even more entrepreneurial activity. More job generation, more facilities. Because we want to make it easier. You tell me what you think you can sell here. What can generate income? What can bring tourists in the door? And that is exactly what we want to do," Cuomo said.

Changes include reducing paperwork and fees for craft brewers. And permitting the sale of alcohol between 8am and noon on Sunday. Cuomo says, craft brewing is now a $27 billion industry across New York.