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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Grocers, convenience stores and other retailers will not have to wait until noon to roll out beer selections, as Governor George Pataki has signed a bill allowing the sale of beer to begin at 8 a.m. on Sundays, reported Newsday.
However, counties can still restrict the hours of beer sales. The State Liquor Authority told the newspaper that retailers should check with local laws before selling beer in the morning.
This law is one of many that the governor has signed that loosens laws on alcohol sales, reported Newsday. In 2004, Pataki signed a bill into law allowing liquor stores to stay open seven days a week. In 2005, Pataki and other leaders agreed to directly ship wine into and out of the state, stating that it would open up business for New York wineries and give New Yorkers more options.