Modified: June 11, 2020 11:25am
Erie County Legislator Joe Lorigo has launched a petition urging state leaders to permanently allow bars and restaurants throughout New York State and Erie County to sell beer, wine, and cocktails for takeout purchase. Legislator Lorigo also introduced a resolution in support of the measure, which received the unanimous support of the Erie County Legislature last Thursday.
As of yesterday, the State of Ohio codified alcohol takeout as law, which was overwhelmingly approved by both Democrats and Republicans. There is currently a bill before the New York State Senate and Assembly that would extend the ability for bars and restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages to-go, as long as they are in a sealed container. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order allowing takeout alcohol sales, which is set to expire June 27th. Legislator Lorigo’s petition encourages bars, restaurants, and members of the community to sign in support of making these sales permanent for residents of New York State and Erie County.
Legislator Lorigo said, “Many bars and restaurants have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we begin Phase 3, it is likely that these establishments will have to operate at limited capacity. Takeout alcohol sales have been successful for the past three months, and could be a great benefit to our local restaurant community moving forward. Everyone is encouraged to sign the petition, whether you own a bar or restaurant or whether you’re a consumer. Takeout alcohol sales should be allowed permanently. Let’s send a message to Governor Cuomo and our State Legislature that any bar or restaurant who wishes to continue takeout alcohol sales should be allowed to do so.”
The petition, which can be viewed here, will be sent to Governor Cuomo and the Western New York Legislative Delegation after signatures are collected. A copy of Legislator Lorigo’s resolution can be viewed here.