This budget season, New York’s lawmakers have wrestled with familiar issues. Minimum wage, school aid, aid to municipalities and taxes on the rich. For the first time I can remember, they did not discuss wine in grocery stores.
Wegmans, despite its considerable clout and lobbying dollars, has not been able to uncork opposition. A key player has not given any support wine in grocery stores – Governor Andrew Cuomo.
With wine in grocery stores on hiatus, many have speculated Wegmans will try to get the state to allow multiple licenses. Right now, state law allows one liquor store per person and it does not allow chains. Critics say Wegmans has set up a de facto chain using adjacent stores run by various family members. Wegmans advertises for Whitehouse Liquor, which is located next to its Marketplace store. When you visit Century Wines in Pittsford, you’re asked to swipe your Shopper’s Club. This stuff possibly rides the line between what’s legal and what’s not in our tightly regulated liquor market – and it drives independent stores insane.
Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, Wegmans is leading the charge to loosen restrictions on who can sell beer.
Links of the Day:
– A lawsuit alleges Wegmans lent chef David Bouley $7 million to keep his restaurant business afloat.
– Albany police held a training exercise at a housing project – complete with fake blood – and scared the heck out of residents.
– Rochester’s amateur photographers are undercutting the professionals.
– Close to 10 percent of milk produced in New York State goes to the Chobani plant.
– New York farmers are installing wind turbines to protect their apple crops from frost.
– Hudson Valley Community College cut the hours of adjunct instructors to avoid paying them health insurance.