ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Commission to Study Reform of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, which was enacted as part of the 2023 New York State budget, will begin meeting in the coming months. The state’s liquor laws are almost 90 years old and the commission was made for modernization.
Through a majority vote of its 21 members, the delegation will recommend changes to the liquor laws. Any motion that receives a majority vote will be included in the end report as a sanction of the commission and will then be reviewed for possible legislative action.
The Chairman of the State Liquor Authority, Vincent Bradley, will direct the commission, which includes representatives from the Department of Taxation and Finance, the Empire State Development, Division of the Budget and the New York State Police. Ten members will be appointed by Governor Kathy Hochul, two each by the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the Assembly, and one member each by the Senate Minority Leader and the Assembly Minority Leader.
The report on the new alcohol reforms is due on May 1, 2023. The committee will be covering the following topics:
- Impact of the alcohol industry on the state
- Development in the law and SLA resources to speed license application processing
- Business reform and modernization proposals as voted on by industry stakeholders
Here are the individuals that have been appointed by state officials for the CSRABCL:
- Courtney J. Armour, Chief Legal Officer for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Inc.
- Michael A. Correra, a third-generation liquor store owner of Michael-Towne Wines & Spirits in Brooklyn Heights
- Keven Danow, an attorney and founding member of Danow, McMullan & Panoff, P.C.
- Sonya del Peral, Proprietor and General Manager at Nine Pin Ciderworks in Albany
- Melissa Fleischut, the President and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association
- Jeffrey Garcia, a retired NYPD 1st Grade Detective
- Stephen Hanson, a NYC hospitality veteran and founder of BR Guest Hospitality
- Mark A. Koslowe, Managing Partner of Buchman Law Firm, LLP
- Kimberly Wagner, producer of award-winning wines and spirits as the founder and owner of Stoutridge Vineyard
- Paul Vuber, Executive Vice President of The Business Council
- Evan Gallo, the Chief of Investigations & Counsel in the Office of New York State Senator James Skoufis
- Jeff Zacharia, a fourth-generation fine wine maker
- Steve Harris, President of Cordo & Company
- Andrew Rigie, the Executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance
- Edward Cooper of Total Wine & More
- Ashley White, a Senior General Manager of Anheuser-Busch