RENSSELAER CO. LEGISLATURE PASSES RESOLUTION TO OPPOSE “CORK TAX” ON WINE

The Rensselaer County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution tonight opposing a state law that would potentially raise prices and reduce the selection of wine now available to consumers in New York state.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Contact: Vic Christopher, 917-693-7430
vicchristopher@aol.com

Rensselaer Co. Legislature Passes Resolution to Oppose “Cork Tax” on Wine

Upstate County Against Proposed New York State “At Rest” Legislation

TROY, N.Y. (03/11/14) — The Rensselaer County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution tonight opposing a state law that would potentially raise prices and reduce the selection of wine now available to consumers in New York state.

A proposed New York law (A5125-2013 / S3849-2013) would require that wine and spirits sold in within the state must be warehoused “At Rest” in New York state for at least 24 hours prior to delivery. Currently, these products stop first in New Jersey warehouses.

“We thank the Rensselaer County Legislature for supporting our efforts to oppose ‘at rest’ legislation,” said Vic Christopher, co-owner of Lucas Confectionery & The Grocery, a Troy wine bar and adjacent micro-market both specializing in boutique wines. “Our business is based on natural and hand-made wines. The passing of this state law would adversely impact hundreds of New York retail shops and restaurants like ours.”

For a .pdf of the resolution, which passed 19-0, visit:

http://duncancrary.com/RenscoAtRestResolution.pdf

The text is as follows:

Resolution No. P/137/14

RESOLUTION OPPOSING “AT REST” LEGISLATION
FOR DISTRIBUTION OR STORAGE OF WINE IN NEW YORK STATE

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body has long endeavored to protect the health, safety, quality of life and economic interests of those who live and work in Rensselaer County; and

WHEREAS, For generations, residents of this State have enjoyed wine, and there are numerous establishments in Rensselaer County serving wine to many customers on a daily basis in accordance with the laws of the State; and

WHEREAS, Establishments serving wine have contributed to the ongoing revitalization of the downtown of the City of Troy, attracting patrons from throughout the region; and

WHEREAS, There is currently legislation sponsored in the State Legislature to change the method of transport and storage of wine in New York State which would potentially raise prices and reduce the selection of wine now available to consumers in the State; and

WHEREAS, Under the Legislation, wine would be required to be warehoused in the State for at least 24 hours before being brought to establishments for sale; and

WHEREAS, This proposed Legislation is seen as favoring only a select number of large distributors, as smaller distributors that serve establishments in the State and this County would be forced to secure warehouses in the State, adding considerable expense and disruption to existing business plans and methods of distribution; and

WHEREAS, There is no apparent benefit to State commerce, or to the health, safety and quality of life for consumers of wine in the State, or employees of establishments that lawfully serve wine, and a number of County businesses and the New York State Farm Bureau oppose this measure; now, therefore, be it

Resolution No. P/137/14

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RESOLVED, This Legislative Body opposes the proposed change in State law, known in some quarters as the cork tax or “At Rest” Legislation, regarding the distribution and warehousing of wine for sale in the State, to support numerous businesses, residents and customers; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Clerk of this Legislative Body is hereby directed to transmit a copy of this resolution to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Kathleen Marchione, Senator Neil Breslin, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin and Assemblyman John McDonald.

FOR INFORMATION:

For an earlier press release with quotes by Capital Region area restaurant owners and distributors, see:

Albany Area Restaurants Oppose NYS Cork Tax Legislation
Restaurants serving boutique wines would be hurt by “At Rest” law

ALBANY, N.Y. (02/06/14)

Contact: Vic Christopher, 917-693-7430
vicchristopher@aol.com

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