Republican lawmakers in Albany are calling for a special session to revive the popular alcohol-to-go provision that has helped restaurants stay afloat during and after the pandemic.

It’s a good idea — but it doesn’t go far enough.

The alcohol-to-go provision is perhaps the most widely known COVID-era change and certainly the most popular: More than 70 percent of New Yorkers support making it permanent, according to a restaurant-industry survey. Why shouldn’t we be able to bring a specialty cocktail home to enjoy with our takeout burger, especially if it provides a revenue stream for restaurants ravaged by the lockdowns?

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Cam Macdonald

Cameron J. “Cam” Macdonald is an Adjunct Fellow with the Empire Center and Executive Director and General Counsel for the Government Justice Center.

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