BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Sunday marked the first day restaurants and bars were able to sell alcohol in New York starting at 10 a.m. and several local lawmakers celebrated accordingly.
New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, State Assemblyman Sean Ryan and Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke celebrated the adoption of the "Brunch Bill" with a toast Sunday at Trattoria Aroma, on Bryant Street.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law Wednesday, Sept. 7. While previous regulations restricted the sale of alcohol in New York before noon on Sundays, the new law legalizes the sale of alcohol on Sundays beginning at 10 a.m. statewide.
Local lawmakers praised the bill's passage on Sunday, saying they believe it aligns with common sense.
"Six days a week, you could go have a drink if you wanted for breakfast," said Assemblyman Sean Ryan. "But the only day that people might have actually wanted to have a drink, would be with brunch on Sunday, and that's the day you're actually not allowed to do it."
The bill also allows bars to apply for 12 permits a year to serve as early as 8 a.m. Sunday mornings.