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by on July 7, 2018
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign has planned a fundraiser for next Wednesday at the elegant Hudson Terrace event space on West 46th Street in Manhattan. The invitation for the “Summer Happy Hour” event as posted on the campaign’s website says attendance costs just $5 per person, or $10 at the door — a sure sign that the governor is making outreach to supporters who are young and might not be able to pony up the kind of admission costs more commonly associated with his campaign events.

The two-hour shindig advertises a checklist that includes “Rooftop views of the city,” “A chance to get involved with your community” and — pay attention — an “All-you-can-drink happy hour.”

The problem: While New York’s Alcohol Beverage Control Law does not explicitly bar either nice views or community involvement, advertising a bottomless trough of booze for a set price is a definite no-no.

As posted by the State Liquor Authority:

The ABC Law prohibits from selling, serving, delivering or offering to patrons an unlimited number of drinks during any set period of time for a fixed price. The law also requires that licensees prohibit party organizers, promoters, etc., from engaging in this conduct in the licensees’ establishment. The statute also prohibits licensees from creating drink specials which, in the judgment of the Authority, are attempts to circumvent the law. This includes offerings of free drinks, or multiple drinks for free or for the price of a single drink, or for a low initial price followed by a price increment per hour or other period of time. The SLA does allow 2 for 1, half price and other such specials where the price of a drink is not lower than one-half of the premise’s normal or regular price for the same drink. Section 117-a does not apply to private functions not opened to the public, such as weddings, banquets, or receptions, or other similar functions or to a package of food and beverages where the service of alcoholic beverages is incidental to the event or function. If you have questions about whether a particular drink special would be a violation of Section 117-a, or whether a particular event is exempt from the statute, please contact the Authority’s Office of Counsel.

We called the SLA and, without mentioning the candidate in question, asked if such an offering would violate the law.

“If the event is open to the public, if anyone can walk in off the street and pay, then it would be a violation,” a spokesperson said.

We provided the SLA with a copy of Cuomo’s invitation — which seems to place no bar on attendance (thus the door charge) — to see if the specific language or some other technicality might get around the law. We will update this post if they provide additional information.

The invitation does not explicitly state that Cuomo will attend Wednesday’s gathering. The organizing committee includes Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, New York City Public Advocate and state attorney general hopeful Tish James, state Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and soon-to-be-former-Rep. Joe Crowley — though it’s not stated if any of them will be on hand, either.

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