Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Authorizing the Sale of Wine, Cider, and Mead Beverages at Organizations Hosting Games of Chance

Cuomo: “This measure is a win-win, providing new revenue sources for organizations like VFWs who host community game nights and boosting business for local craft beverage manufacturers.”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S3281A /A 5059-A) authorizing the sale of wine, cider and mead at organizations hosting games of chance, such as bingo. Previously, organizations such as Veterans of Foreign Wars and Elks Clubs were only allowed to serve beer. This bill will take effect 180 days after becoming law.

“This measure is a win-win, providing new revenue sources for organizations like VFWs who host community game nights and boosting business for local craft beverage manufacturers,” Governor Cuomo said. “By signing this legislation into law we are removing unnecessary regulatory barriers that have impeded economic growth and hampered local community organizations for no good reason.”