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New Law Allows Sunday Morning Drink Sales In New York

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

You'll now be able to order a Sunday mimosa, bloody mary or pint of beer two hours earlier in New York state.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday allowing bars and restaurants to begin serving alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The previous time had been noon.

The change is one of several included in the new law, which also cuts some fees and regulatory red tape for breweries, wineries, cider makers and distilleries and authorizes wineries to sell their product in growlers.

Cuomo says the reforms will help the fast-growing craft alcohol industry and reduce some of the burden of the state's prohibition-era liquor regulations.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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