Senator Schumer Calls for Shorter Waits for Distilleries

Schumer Backs More Inspectors,

Shorter Waits For NY Distilleries

Standing in the production room at the Cooperstown Distillery, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, left, this afternoon called for additional funding for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau to hire more inspectors to review and approve permits for  distilleries.  Despite the growth in the craft brew and distillery industry, the inspector corps has been reduced, and some businesses are waiting as long as 200 days for permits, he said.   Welcoming the senator, a contender for Senator Democratic with Harry Reid’s pending retirement, is Cooperstown Distillery Proprietor Gene Marra, center, and Steve Harris, an investor in the Railroad Avenue operation.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Standing in the production room at the Cooperstown Distillery, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, left, this afternoon called for additional funding for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau to hire more inspectors to review and approve permits for distilleries. Despite the growth in the craft brew and distillery industry, the inspector corps has been reduced, and some businesses are waiting as long as 200 days for permits, he said. Welcoming the senator, a contender for Senator Democratic with Harry Reid’s pending retirement, is Cooperstown Distillery Proprietor Gene Marra, center, and Steve Harris, an investor in the Railroad Avenue operation. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)