Local liquor store owners don’t want to see grocery stores in New York State get the right to sell wine as per a provision in Governor Paterson’s proposed budget:
Yournabe.com: Grocers versus…: “Obviously we don’t want to see this happen,” said Michael Correra, chair of the Metropolitan Package Store Association (MPSA) and owner of Michael Towne Wines and Spirits, 73 Clarke Street in Brooklyn Heights.
“We have been selling wine since Prohibition in 1933 and now because of a promise the groceries made to the Governor, 1,000 such stores statewide would go out of business in the first year,” he said.
Correra said the change would also have a social impact as studies have shown that in states where wine is more readily available, DWI deaths and underage drinking are at considerably higher levels.
James Benedetto, owner of Scotto’s Wine Cellar, 318 Court Street, which he said has been open at its location since Prohibition was repealed, is concerned about labor laws and the cost of enforcement.