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Legislature Repeals Cuomo’s Order Requiring Food Purchase With Alcohol

State Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, speaks on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, criticizing fellow lawmakers for waiting 54 days to repeal an executive order requiring food purchases to order alcohol in a restaurant or bar.

Those who want an alcoholic beverage in New York state no longer have to order food.

The state Legislature on Wednesday approved resolutions to portions of a series of executive orders issued by the governor over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The votes came 54 days too late for state Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, who spoke on the Senate floor before the resolutions were approved.

“While the pandemic was certainly not a crisis that we created, the economic crisis was absolutely man-made by one man, enabled by this body, and by the Assembly,” Borrello said. “So here we are, 54 days after we were told the governor’s powers were rescinded, 54 days after people on both sides of the aisle stood on this floor and said that this particular executive order requiring food to be purchased with alcohol was unscientific and very damaging. We waited 54 more days to do something about it.”

A full story will appear in Thursday’s edition of The OBSERVER.

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