Cuomo Extends New York’s Alcohol-To-Go Executive Order
Yesterday Governor Cuomo extended his executive order allowing for bars and restaurants to offer alcohol to-go.
But the extension won't last long, and it doesn't stand a chance of becoming law -- this year at least.
WKBW reports the order, which was set to expire, was renewed and extended until May 6.
Along with to go alcohol sales, the executive order requiring food to be purchased with alcoholic beverages also will stay in effect until May 6.
According to WKBW, restaurants are in favor of to-go alcohol sales, they are not in favor of the order requiring food to be purchased with alcoholic beverages at restaurants.
In March, a resolution was introduced to repeal that mandate.
NYS Senator George Borello (R - 57th District) said in a March interview with 7 Eyewitness News he supported the resolution.
"I just think there's no basis in science whatsoever for having to purchase alcohol with food. There's several other nonsensical arguments like this," he said.
Last month WIVB reported the results of a survey conducted by the New York Restaurant Association that said 86 percent of New Yorkers wanted alcohol delivery and take out to be permanent.
Of those surveyed, 64 percent said they had purchased takeout or delivery during the week before they were surveyed, and among that group, almost half said they included an alcoholic beverage with at least one of the orders.
Metro News reports the measure did not make it into the final state budget vote.