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Assemblymember Cahill Supports Local Business

Monday, October 28, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Assemblymember Cahill Supports Local Business
October 28, 2013


Assemblymember Kevin Cahill meets with Ralph Erenzo, Partner of Hudson Valley Farm Distillery Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner to tour the facility, see the local operation and discuss ways to help grow the craft beverage industry in the state.

(Kingston, NY) Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) met with Ralph Erenzo, Partner of Hudson Valley Farm Distillery Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner to tour the facility, see the local operation and discuss ways to help grow the craft beverage industry in the state. Tuthilltown is New York’s first whiskey distillery since Prohibition. Also present were Nicole Austin, President of the New York State Distillers Guild and Tom Edwards, President of the New York State Liquor Association and owner of Fox and Hound Wine and Spirits in New Paltz.
 

"Tuthilltown Spirits attracts tourists from all over the state. This bustling distillery has become an economic engine in our area, creating jobs and bringing in tax revenue,” said Assemblymember Cahill. "Showing a commitment to this industry is an investment in New York’s future, which is why I have been working with craft beverage producers to develop sound policies that will elevate the status of New York wines, spirits and craft brews and enhance brand recognition.”

In 2012, a bill authored by Assemblymember Cahill was signed into law, allowing farm distillers to offer samples and to sell their products at county and state fairs and farmers markets, giving beverage producers direct access to consumers. Cahill is also the author of legislation to establish the New York Craft and Beverage Council (A.7544), which would be tasked with branding and promoting craft beer, wine and spirits produced in the state to increase sales and recognition of these fine products. 

"I am grateful to Assemblymember Cahill for being a true advocate for the emerging craft beverage industry in New York. His support is helping to ensure that farm distillers become important contributors to the state,” said Ralph Erenzo. "I look forward to continuing to work with Assemblymember Cahill and the Legislature to advance policies that help to grow small businesses like mine.”