Pushback against calls to prohibit those under 21 from serving alcoholic drinks at Rusty Nickel. (WBEN Photo/Tim Wenger)

Lawmakers Push Back Against State Bill

Bill would prohibit people under 21 from serving alcoholic drinks

August 15, 2018 - 3:37 pm
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WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WBEN) - The state legislature has a bill which would prevent anyone under the age of 21 from serving alcoholic drinks.

That bill is drawing criticism from New York State Assemblyman Erik Bohen and Erie County Legislator Joe Lorigo, who argue that it affects brewing companies like Rusty Nickel in West Seneca. 

"That's a problem because a lot of the people who work in these craft breweries and distilleries are in the 18-21 range," Lorigo said. "There are people who are going to school to learn how to become brewers themselves where they have to do internships where they come into contact with alcoholic beverages."

Bohen said that it only puts further restrictions on small businesses.

"It restricts who we hire and who can handle and touch product in this building," Dave Johnson from Rusty Nickel said. "It's very important, sometimes, when you mention the internship program that we have the ability to fulfill the internship requirements of the local schools who promoting their brewing programs. We want to support them."

Johnson added that he doesn't think the bill was thought through.

Officials want New York State legislators to re-examine the bill. 

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