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.
“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.