Politicians are Trying to Stop Sunday Brunch

Sunday brunch: It’s an American institution, right up there with baseball, apple pie and Mint Juleps. It’s our inalienable right to enjoy Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Irish Coffees on the patio alongside massive plates of eggs Benedict and the Sunday paper. You’d think that any politician who stood up and declared himself opposed to such a universally popular celebration would be recalled from office with great speed. But that’s just what one New York state legislator has done.

New York Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, who represents the upstate towns of Kenmore, Brighton and Tonawanda, is vocally opposing proposed legislation that would permit restaurants and bars to offer alcoholic beverages starting at 8 a.m. on Sundays. (Currently, Sunday sales start at noon across the state.)

“It is my responsibility to the citizens of the state to review alcohol issues with an eye toward moderation,” said Schimminger.

Happily for those of us who enjoy a good day drink, the bill’s co-sponsor, Assemblyman Mike Benedetto of the Bronx, remains optimistic. “I think this [legislation] has widespread support,” said Benedetto. And not a moment too soon: The Sunday morning ban was originally enacted in 1934, just after the end of Prohibition, so New Yorkers have been waiting a long time for their boozy brunch.

Read the full story at the NY Post.

Locations: New York
Series & Type: News

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