ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Senate Democratic Majority will move to repeal some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive orders Wednesday, including the requirement to buy food with alcohol at bars and restaurants.
This means people won’t have to purchase food with alcohol whether they’re at the establishment or placing a to-go order.
“As more New Yorkers continue to get vaccinated, and our infection rates continue to decline, it is time to begin removing certain restrictions and regulations that are no longer necessary, so we can safely reopen and rebuild our state's economy,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins. “We ask New Yorkers to continue to heed public health guidance as it relates to mask wearing, observe social distancing precautions and get vaccinated so that we don’t lose ground in our recovery.”
The Democrats also plan to take action on the following other executive order directives:
- Transparency for Individuals Assisting in COVID Operations: Individuals who volunteer to take on significant government work will be treated as Public Officers in order to comply with government disclosure and transparency rules.
- Timely and Accurate Administration of Vaccines: Outdated compliance rules for vaccine suppliers, such as full utilization of vaccines on hand within one week or additional paperwork mandates, will be relaxed. This repeal eliminates unnecessary penalties and prioritization rules that slow down the vaccination process and are no longer necessary in light of current vaccination rates and appointment availability.
The Senate will resume its virtual legislative session at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The Senate Majority say they will continue reviewing existing executive orders to determine if they should be removed.