Little opposes wine sales in grocery stores

ALBANY - State Sen. Betty Little says she will oppose the latest effort to legalize the sale of wine in grocery stores across New York.

In recent years, legislation has been introduced in Albany to allow the sale of wine in the state's grocery stores, convenience stores, and bodegas. Under current state law, those businesses are only permitted to sell beer and malt beverages. Past bills have failed, and Little says she'll continue to vote against similar legislation.

Earlier this month, a lobbying organization known as New Yorkers for Economic Growth and Open Markets released a study showing the economic benefits of allowing grocers to sell wine.

The report claims that the state could raise hundreds of millions of dollars through franchise fees for grocery stores, as well as $71.1 million annually through sales tax on additional consumption.

Proponents also claim the sale of wine in grocery stores would create 6,000 net new jobs at wineries and related industries.

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