Wine sellers: Paterson's plan bad for small business

A group of New York wine shop owners are joining together in protest of Gov. David Paterson?s proposal to legalize the sale of wine in supermarkets, delis and gas stations. Paterson says allowing wine

News 12 Staff

Jan 29, 2009, 12:40 AM

Updated 5,650 days ago

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A group of New York wine shop owners are joining together in protest of Gov. David Paterson?s proposal to legalize the sale of wine in supermarkets, delis and gas stations.
Paterson says allowing wine to be sold in more stores would create $150 million in tax revenue over the next three years. It would help dig New York out of its budget gap, the governor says.
Mike Drexel, owner of Post Wine and Spirits in Syosset, and other liquor store owners, say it would hurt more than 1,000 stores in New York.
?I think it?s just a negative thing for a lot of people that have worked very hard and do work very hard,? says the owner of the Syosset store.
Supporters say it would be more convenient for shoppers, but at the same time, opponents say increasing the amount of stores that carry wine will only make it easier for teens to access alcohol.
There is no word yet on when lawmakers will vote on the bill.


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