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Little opposes latest push to sell wine in grocery stores

But Little says she's still against the proposal.

"New York state is set up differently than Vermont and New Hampshire and other states," she said. "There are many states that have wine in grocery stores, but they didn't set up liquor stores as private enterprises with enormous restrictions on them."

"That's what we have in New York state," Little added. "And if you start putting wine in the grocery stores, you're going to take away 50 to 60 percent of the business for liquor stores."

Little says the big box stores like Wal-Mart and large grocers like Hannafords will reap the most benefits - and she believes those retailers won't hire any new workers as a result of the proposal.

She also points to the higher alcohol content in wine and concerns surrounding underage drinking.

"Most of your underage violations take place with beer in grocery and convenience stores," Little said. "You rarely hear of an underage violation in a liquor store. So I think putting wine in a grocery store makes it more accessible to underage drinkers in addition to everyone else."

According to Little, if New Yorkers want to compete with other states when it comes to wine sales, then officials need to do a better job marketing wine from regions like the Finger Lakes.

"New York wines need better marketing to promote their sale," she said. "They're higher priced, generally, than your Californian and European wines - places that have been in the business for decades."

The backers of the proposal, along with New Yorkers for Economic Growth and Open Markets, are also calling upon lawmakers to loosen restrictions on what liquor stores can and cannot sell.

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