It’s also a trusted donor to elected officials, even if it’s not one of the biggest monetary interests on the Capitol.
The Political Action Committee, or PAC, controlled by the Metropolitan Package Stores Association, has awarded more than $140,000 to elected officials since last year, mostly Democratic lawmakers who control control the Legislature. During the same time period, two PACs related to the restaurant industry raised just over $20,000.
Indeed, over the past two decades, the Metropolitan Package Stores Association has established “long-term relationship“At the Capitol through a steady stream of political donations. That included nearly $200,000 for Mr. Cuomo; $14,500 to Carl E. Heastie, panel speaker; and $31,100 to Michael Gianaris, the deputy leader of the Senate Majority Democrats, who was honored by the association. at its 87th annual dinner October last year.
Mr Gianaris, who has also received donations from the restaurant industry, said he is in favor of systematizing takeout cocktails and finding a solution that “hopes won’t hurt other small businesses.” .” He added that last year’s law “was one of those things where when you get to the end of the session, the clock runs out.”
The PAC also gave Hochul $25,000 in October, before she favored takeout cocktails.
The liquor store industry was not initially opposed to takeaway drinks; Although industry lobbyists say some stores suffered damage, overall sales have growth in 2020and stores consider this measure an acceptable, if temporary, measure to salvage struggling restaurants and bars that were forced to close to customers during the outbreak. epidemic.
But they seem to grow especially annoyed by bars and restaurants that sell full bottles of wine and spirits, effectively operating as makeshift liquor stores, which go through a rigorous process to obtain a license to sell alcohol.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/31/nyregion/to-go-drinks-new-york.html As New York considers takeout, liquor stores prepare for battle