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NYSLSA Membership - Join or Renew Now!

Monday, February 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angela Kelly
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It is time to renew your NYSLSA membership
or join for the upcoming year!

 

Why Join NYSLSA?
  • We advocate for you in Albany and Washington D.C.
  • We represent you with the State Liquor Authority.
  • You will become a member of the American Beverage Licensees
  • We will work with distributors to keep price books simple and easy to use.
  • NYSLSA upholds good communication through open meetings with distributors and industry leaders.
  • Read more about NYSLSA's Year in Review Below

Working together, we can accomplish so much!  NYSLSA is your eyes, ears, and voice in Albany--Remaining Ever vigilant!    

2017 Legislative Year In Review and

Looking Forward to 2018

 

Educational Seminars

Last year, at the direction of Todd Vandervort, the NYSLSA spearheaded legislation to allow retailers to host educational seminars for their customers, and charge a fee for a profit.  Educational seminars play a big role in enhancing customers’ knowledge and appreciation of wines and spirits, increase sales of products that customers may not have otherwise selected, and allow retailers to hand sell certain products, including New York wines and spirits.  Allowing retailers to charge a fee for educational seminars gives them the ability to pay for experts to come to their stores to conduct seminars and allows them to offer high end tastings such as champagne or rare vintages, or simply to provide their customers with their expertise on the consumption and appreciation of wines and spirits.  Thanks to our bill sponsors, Assemblyman Schimminger and Senator Murphy, this bill was introduced, passed in both the Senate and Assembly, and signed into law in one session.  This was a big win for retailers who benefit from a new source of revenue.

Combo Packs

Currently, retailers may purchase one combination pack per month, but the NYSLSA has petitioned the NYS Liquor Authority (SLA) to allow retailers to purchase five combination packs per month.  NYSLSA was a participant at the SLA stakeholder meeting when this topic was discussed.  It was agreed that the current allowance of one combination pack was arbitrary, and we anticipate a change will be made in 2018.

 COD

Todd Vandervort worked with the Senate and Assembly, as well as the NYS Liquor Authority, to draft legislation that would allow the retailer to continue to receive deliveries on credit from other manufacturers and wholesalers while they work out payment issues with the manufacturer or wholesaler whose invoice is in question.  We were successful in getting legislation introduced, but we need to work with the SLA on internal technical changes that would be required in order for this legislation to be implemented. 

Direct Shipping

This bill would have allowed out-of-state retail licensees to obtain an out-of-state direct shipper’s license, which would allow them to ship wine to New York residents, as long as the license holder allows for reciprocal shipping privileges by New York retail licensees.  This bill would help out-of-state manufacturers, but would hurt our New York businesses.  We successfully opposed this bill last year and it did not pass, and we will continue to oppose it in 2018.

Gift Bags

In 2016, as a result of a strong lobbying effort, a law was enacted to allow retailers to sell gift bags and gift wrap for profit.  The law has a three-year sunset provision, which expires on November 6, 2019.  The NYSLSA supports legislation that will make that law permanent, providing retailers with another revenue source, and offering customers the convenience of purchasing a gift bag with their purchase.  This is a simple, uncontroversial extension of a law that is in place and working well for the industry.  We anticipate enactment of the legislation in 2018 or possibly in 2019 before it is repealed.

Craft Beverage Council

We will continue to make progress on enactment of existing legislation, which will include amendments that address the inclusion of cider as a craft beverage, and other improvements to the language that will increase the likelihood of passage.  The number of craft beverage manufacturers has grown by 50 percent since the enactment of the Craft New York Act three years ago. This industry has shown significant growth, and is continuing to expand through the TasteNY Program.  In order to continue to be successful, it is vital to have a Craft Beverage Council that can guide the direction of the industry in tourism, job creation, and world recognition.

Big Box Threats

2018 is certain to bring continued threats by big box entrance in the retail wine and spirits space, as well as multiple family-owned stores.  NYSLSA will remain vigilant in its efforts to fight the granting of licenses that hurt our businesses.  We will make our concerns known at the SLA and in the Legislature.  We will organize a coalition effort in 2018 to prevent the further opening of large stores in areas that are well-served by our member stores.  As always, we will identify any legislation that is introduced that puts our stores at a disadvantage, and we will fight to protect our stores from these threats, in whatever form they come.