State Opens One Point Contact For Wine & Beer Producers
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the creation of a one-stop shop to provide the state’s wine, beer and spirits manufacturers with a single government contact for assistance with business regulations.
The new system is in response to producers’ concerns about the number of state agencies they deal with for business and compliance issues. The problems were discussed during Cuomo’s Wine, Beer, and Spirits Summit in October 2012.
The Governor has said that small businesses have found it difficult to collaborate with many state agencies. This one-stop shop will allow manufacturers to speak with a single contact for business assistance.
The one-stop shop will consist of representatives from state agencies, including the State Liquor Authority, Department of Agriculture & Markets, Tax and Finance Department, Labor Department, and others, state officials said.
Cuomo has sought to boost the state’s wine and beer industry through loosening regulations and grants. The New York wine and grape industry has a nearly $4 billion economic impact. Right New York’s brewing industry is indirectly responsible for more than 40,000 jobs, and has a $5.3 billion dollar impact on the state economy.