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Supermarket wine sale lobbying battle comes to Saratoga Springs store

Daniel Sisto, a state trooper but representing on Friday a group called Law Enforcement Against Drunk Drivers, speaks against a move by Gov. David Paterson that would allow the sale of wine in grocery and convenience stores in the state at Purdy's Discount Wines and Liquors in Saratoga Springs.
Photographer: Bruce Squiers
Daniel Sisto, a state trooper but representing on Friday a group called Law Enforcement Against Drunk Drivers, speaks against a move by Gov. David Paterson that would allow the sale of wine in grocery and convenience stores in the state at Purdy's Discount Wines and Liquors in Saratoga Springs.
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Gail Purdy doesn’t want to lay off half of her 15 employees. But the owner of Purdy’s Discount Wine & Liquor in Saratoga Springs said Friday if wine is allowed to be sold in grocery stores, it will hurt her business enough that she’ll have to start making cutbacks. Purdy’s was the launching pad for a final push from the Last Store on Main Street Coalition, a group of small businesses, wineries and community leaders ...


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sunflower
April 10, 2010
4:35 p.m.

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I have visited many states where it's been possible to purchase wine in grocery stores and I love the convenience. If so many other places can make it work why can't New York?

cracker
April 10, 2010
4:51 p.m.

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Sunflower, you did not mention if there few liquor stores by comparison in these other states.

MDogsMom
April 13, 2010
12:02 p.m.

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I travel and find most states do have wine in grocery stores. We also seem to see an abundance of small liquor stores around also.

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