Changes to Boost New York’s Wine, Beer Industries

Visitors to the Executive Mansion sample New York state products after an earlier ‘Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit’ at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. The aim of the summit is to boost wine production and craft brewers, in part to spur job growth. / Associated Presss

Written by Jessica Bakeman for

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a number of changes Wednesday to help bolster the craft alcoholic beverage industry, saying the state will boost its advertising fund to as much as $3 million and remove some regulations.

“I think your industry has tremendous potential,” Cuomo said at the end of the Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit held near the Capitol. “First of all, the numbers in your industry are astronomical. The growth has just been staggering.”

At the Yogurt Summit in August, Cuomo announced that the state would relax environmental regulations on dairy farms. He made similar announcements Wednesday at the wine summit.

Cuomo said the Empire State Development Corp. would put $1 million toward advertising for the beverage industry, plus another $2 million if the industry can match it. The state had spent $700,000 for all staff and marketing efforts for the industry.
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