MIDTOWN — Your Sunday brunch just got a little boozier.
New Yorkers will be able to start drinking at 10 a.m. this weekend after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday allowing alcohol to be sold at bars and restaurants before noon on Sundays.
Cuomo joked during a press conference at the Genesee Brew House in Rochester that the old blue laws regulating liquor sales were restrictive “because that’s the way God wanted it to be from the Old Testament and it was not going to change. It was just out of date with what we we’re trying to do.”
The new law also makes it easier for entrepreneurs to produce multiple craft drinks, like wine and beer, at one location and for wineries to sell their product in growlers.
The law also reduced fees for smaller booze wholesalers who may import more select brands of alcohol.
Some New Yorkers took to social media to applaud the move.
Other leaders, including Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, agreed.
“New York is home to some of the best craft beer, cider, wine and spirits our country has to offer,” Heastie said in a statement. “This legislation updates and simplifies New York’s outdated Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws so that New York’s craft beverage industry can thrive and everyone can enjoy more of what our great state has to offer.”