The ABCs of New York State’s Liquor Authority

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Laurence, tyrannical as nannyism is, there’s a darker reason that NY State prohibits grocery stores from selling wine: It’s greedy as any corporation and doesn’t want competitors for the liquor outlets it manages, to all intents and purposes.

The state’s Liquor Authority primarily licenses manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of alcoholic beverages in New York, and enforces the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law. It is the state’s third-largest moneymaker among state agencies, behind only the tax department and the Department of Motor Vehicles, according to the Law Revision Commission’s report, released Sept. 30. For fiscal 2008–2009, the authority generated $54,090,413 — $46,416,311 from licensing and $7,674,102 from enforcement. The authority’s budget for 2009 was about $18,480,000.”

I’m sure none of us will be surprised to learn that “the agency has a long history of licensing delays, inadequate enforcement [always some small silver lining to every cloud], inefficient administration, bribery and corruption[,] according to a recent report from the state Law Revision Commission.”

All this when New Yorkers, among the most heavily taxed and most outrageously bossed serfs in the nation, could use several good, stiff drinks.

3:53 pm on October 19, 2011
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