Assemblywoman Galef Releases Results of Constituent Survey on Wine and Liquor Sales, Rockefeller Drug Laws

July 25, 2003

State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef today released the results of her most recent survey of constituents in the 90th Assembly District that includes the towns of Ossining, Cortlandt, Phillipstown, Putnam Valley, Kent, and the City of Peekskill.

Seven hundred and seventeen (717) respondents gave the following answers to questions posed in Galef’s March 2003 newsletter:

  1. Should supermarkets sell wine? 68% said yes, 32% said no. Legislation on this issue did not pass the State Legislature and remains unresolved.
  2. Should liquor stares be open on Sundays? 62% said yeas, 38% said no. The Legislature and the Governor have agreed that liquor stores can remain open six days a week, with no prohibition against Sunday sales. The choice is up to individual liquor stores.
  3. Should Rockefeller Drug Laws be repealed to allow judges to send non-violent, lower level offenders to drug treatment programs in an alternative to prison? 87% said yes, 13% said no. Legislation to change this law received much discussion, came close to passage in June, but remains unresolved.

Assemblywoman Galef concluded: "I thank those who answered my survey to give me their input on issues facing the State Legislature. I encourage residents to take the next step and contact their State Senator, Assemblymember, and the Governor to call for these changes. Public involvement is always needed so that New York State laws reflect the views of the constituents."