Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I-Newport), ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, sponsored a bill that was recently signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Butler’s bill was designed to help the Broadalbin Hotel, a local and historic hospitality establishment in the foothills of the Adirondacks, expand their business by removing a regulation that was prohibiting their ability to obtain a liquor license due to its proximity to a church. In many cases throughout New York, exceptions have been made to remove this regulation where there is no threat to local neighborhoods or religious establishments.
“The Broadalbin Hotel is a wonderful contributor to the local economy that attracts tourist dollars to the area with its restaurant and hospitality services. I felt that it was important to ensure New York’s regulations don’t impede the growth and jobs that this establishment provides,” said Butler. “When the hotel was changing ownership, the liquor license lapsed and was being held up by a small, but big, hurdle in obtaining a new license. I think the community would agree it’s important that this hotel stays open to serve the community.”
The Broadalbin Hotel was built in 1854 and held various businesses and services until 1904 when it was converted to an inn. The hotel features a popular restaurant in the community. Butler noted that due to its location in the foot hills of the Adirondacks, the hotel serves as an important tourism business for those enjoying the state park or the Great Sacandaga Lake.
Butler said that among the biggest challenges for small businesses in New York state, the most difficult often are the numerous regulations affecting small establishments and mom-and-pop shops. This state has over 49,000 pages of job-killing regulations on the books that the assemblyman is committed to scaling back and removing, many of which are slowing down the state’s economic recovery.