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NYSLSA Needs Your Help

Tuesday, March 25, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessyca Howard
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The SLA has been issuing Declaratory Rulings and Advisories on issues that the Legislature should be deciding.  For example, when the laws were written, there was no internet or phone apps, but Chairman Rosen is interpreting and making rulings on these issues without a statutory definition.  Companies such as Lot 18 are now opening retail outlets to legitimize their operations.

Also, there is a growing trend of licenses are being issued to family consortiums.  While some of these families follow the rules, others have the appearance of chaining or are involved in practices that could be construed as co-op buying.  There is also a trend of licenses being issued to grocery store family members, who have multiple jobs making it very difficult to be involved in day-to-day operations of their stores.

Our goal with this campaign is to have more legislative input and control over issues that the NYS Liquor Authority is making decisions on that are not necessarily or specifically identified in statute. 

The NYS Liquor Store Association has drafted two letters(attached) to be sent to your local Assemblymember and Senator regarding internet sales and chaining practices. Please use the links below to locate your local representatives, and attention the letters to them. There should be two letters for each, one to the Senator and one to the Assemblymember, total of four letters. Please print, sign, and mail, fax, or email letters back to the main office, attention to Jessyca Howard.

Our President Tom Edwards and Chief Lobbyist Todd Vandervort,  will then take those letters and will be showing our strength and presence by hand delivering them to the designated representatives in the Capitol. Help us show our strength, and protect our industry.


Please feel free to call or email the office with any questions or concerns. If you would prefer for the letters to be mailed to you with a return address envelope, we will gladly do so. We are requesting to have the letters returned by Friday, March 28, 2014, in order to ensure the President has them to present.

Thank you for your support as NYSLSA Remains Ever Vigilant & Representing You!


Find your Senator 

Find your Assembly Representative

Click here for Internet Sales Letter 

Click here for Chaining Letter


Jessyca Howard


New York State Liquor Store Association

1450 Western Avenue - Suite 101

Albany, NY 12203

P. 518-694-0483

F. 518.463.8656