Liquor industry blasts wine in markets plan
State Sen. Brian Foley and two dozen members of the liquor industry held a rally in Brookhaven Saturday to protest against Gov. David Paterson's proposal to allow the sale of wine in supermarkets.
It's estimated the proposal would generate $300 million for the state in license fees. However, liquor store owners say their bottom line will suffer since wine sales make up about 60 percent of their business.
"We project about a thousand liquor stores will go out of business," says Jeff Saunders, of Last Store on Main Street.
Paterson's proposal would also allow liquor stores to begin selling snacks and other small items.