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Scott Wexler, with the Empire State Restaurant and Tavern Association, speaks in favor of extending alcohol-to-go, outside the New York State Capitol on June 10, 2021
Karen DeWitt

New York lawmakers will likely not be extending alcohol to go at restaurants and bars as part of their actions on the final day of the legislative session. Restaurant and tavern owners, who are still struggling financially, are expressing their disappointment. 

El Loco owner Patrick Noonan, along with Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, at the restaurant's outdoor dining space on Madison Avenue in Albany
Karen DeWitt

Governor Andrew Cuomo says dining in New York City can operate at 75% of capacity beginning May 7, bringing rules in the city in line with the rest of the state. COVID-19 restrictions are easing for dining at restaurants and drinking at bars across the state, but the industry, hit hard by the pandemic, says more needs to be done. 

New York State Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, joins other lawmakers and restaurant owners to push for a two year extension of an alcohol-to-go rule.
Karen DeWitt

New York state lawmakers, along with restaurant owners and their workers, are pressing for a two-year extension of takeout alcoholic beverages. They say the practice, authorized at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, has allowed them to keep their doors open and avoid some layoffs.