ALBANY – The New York State Legislature took action Wednesday to repeal an executive order from Governor Andrew Cuomo requiring bars to offer food with alcohol purchases.
State Senator George Borrello, an outspoken critic of Cuomo and his mandates throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, addressed the Senate following the move.
Borrello (R) says, while he’s happy to see the Legislature take action, he believes the move comes too little too late for the hospitality industry across the state.
“Fifty-four days it took to bring this resolution forward,” Borrello said. “Restaurant workers that were displaced, that I personally went down and saw in Corona Queens, that had to resort to street vending to feed their families, and we waited fifty-four more days to do something about it.”
“So I’m happy to be here, but I’m sad it took this long to put aside the politics and do what was right for the people of New York State.”
In addition, the Governor announced that the midnight curfew at bars and restaurants will end next month.
According to Cuomo, outdoor dining can stay open until the normal 2 a.m. on May 17 while indoor dining can resume normal hours on May 31.