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Cuomo to Host Beer and Wine Summit

Thursday, September 27, 2012

First it was yogurt, now comes beer and wine. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking to help the state’s beer and wine industry by holding a summit this fall.

Gov. Cuomo has announced plans for a beer and wine summit at the Capitol in October to help improve business opportunities for the state’s wineries and craft breweries.

The announcement follows a yogurt summit held in August. The governor says the meeting will “force” numerous discussions between wineries and craft brewery business owners and his administration to help promote the industries and boost tourism.  

“The wine industry in New York is very important,” Cuomo said. “It’s a big tourism engine for us.”

Some have pressed for the sale of wine in grocery stores,  but Cuomo says he remains opposed to that.

The governor and his aides say they have not yet completed action on an announcement made at the summer yogurt summit. They said at the time that they would ease environmental regulations so that dairy farmers could own more cows. They say the rule change is coming soon. 

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Comments [1]

Ralph Erenzo from Gardiner, NY

We applaud the Governor's support of New York agricultural and artisanal producers. We are disappointed however with the ongoing exclusion of New York's fastest growing agricultural business, Farm Distilling. Since the Farm Distillery Bill was signed into law, 22 new Farm Distilleries have come online creating jobs, new markets for agricultural products, a NEW tax stream to the State of NY (both excise and sales taxes) and has increased tourism in every location where a new distillery has been established. We STRONGLY urge the Governor to include New York's growing agricultural Distilling industry in all future announcements and plans for summits or other input sessions.

Oct. 02 2012 11:03 AM

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