New York State Lawmakers passed a bill we can all drink to, and now you don’t need to purchase food with your drink. The bill sponsored by the Senate Democratic Majority suspends the governor’s executive order requiring the purchase of food with alcoholic beverages.
David Wood, the Owner of Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub, gave a candid reaction to the news.
"Did food keep COVID away? I don’t think so. So did it make a big difference? The only difference it made was the perception of the people coming in the building saying why do I have to do this, because it didn’t make a lot of sense," said Wood.
Apparently it didn’t make a lot of money either. Jeff Stone, the President of Babe’s at Harbor Point, talked about where the biggest impact will be locally.
"Varick Street maybe that’s probably going to help them a little bit where you don’t have to have food, or you have to skirt the system, but I think it’s time to get back to normal," said Stone.
Getting back to a normal democracy is also the message coming from elected representatives. Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119, says, "These restrictions and regulations have long been outdated, yet continue to hinder our recovery process and burden already struggling businesses.”
Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, also weighed in saying,“Many of the orders issued during the coronavirus pandemic have been arbitrary and inconsistent, and the executive has demonstrated an inability to justify or address the clinical and scientific purpose behind many of these directives.”
Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-51, summed up the actions lawmakers are now taking, saying, "It’s time to end the governor’s executive overreach, restore constitutional checks and balances, and do the job we were elected to do."