Assemblywoman Schimel Stands with Small Business Owners in Opposing the Sale of Wine in Grocery Stores

April 20, 2010
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel speaking at Young’s Fine Wines and Spirits in Manhasset about her opposition to Governor Paterson’s executive budget proposal to sell wine in grocery stores. Pictured (L to R) are North Hempstead Councilwoman Kitty Poons, Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and President of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce E. Christopher Murray.
Manhasset – Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and small business owners in Nassau County recently stood together to voice their strong opposition to Governor Paterson’s executive budget proposal to sell wine in grocery stores. The press conference, which was held at Young’s Fine Wines and Spirits in Manhasset, was attended by local wine and liquor storeowners, union representatives, and community organizations.

“Small businesses are the economic engine driving New York State. During tough economic times like these, it is imperative that we in government pass laws that will help stimulate the growth of small businesses not institute policies that will threaten their livelihood. Allowing the sale of wine in supermarkets would be devastating to small wine and liquor stores across the state, forcing many to close and resulting in a loss of jobs,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.

Assemblywoman Schimel is also concerned that this proposal will contribute to underage drinking by giving minors increased venues for access to alcohol.

“Owners of wine and liquor stores are extremely vigilant of underage drinkers because their livelihood depends on it. Law enforcement needs all the tools available to combat underage drinking that is why I feel so strongly about opposing this measure,” said Assemblywoman Schimel.