NY to Spend $6 Million to Promote Wine and Beer

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday the state will spend $6 million to market New York’s wine and beer industry and seek to reform laws to expand distilleries in the state.

Cuomo held the second Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cider summit near the Capitol to tout the booming industry and hear recommendations on how to add new businesses.

He said he will introduce the Craft New York Act to simplify distilling manufacturing licenses and lower fees, expand marketing opportunities and modernize shipping laws. It would have to be approved by the Legislature.

Distillers have been on the rise in New York after laws were loosened in 2012 — when the first summit was held

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