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Local Distillery Benefits From State Policy

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Regulatory reforms implemented in Albany have helped those looking to build business in places such as Village of Lisle in Broome County. Craft distilleries in our state are getting a nice boost.

The French Distillers & Alchemists in Village of Lisle come complete with storage bins, distill and fermenters as well as barrels for holding. It's a relatively new business.

Larry Berger of French Distillers & Alchemists says, "We have a facilities room, we'll be in production here and initially we'll be starting by selling through our tasting room and then looking to develop channels through local businesses."

And that's what Governor Cuomo was talking about back in 2014 when he asked,"Why does it have to seem that government is a roadblock or as a frustrator of business? Why isn't it the other way around? Why isn't government a facilitator? A stimulator of private sector business?"

At times, Cuomo sounded like a conservative. This policy, following Wine, Beer, Spirits & Cider Summits, has reportedly saved state distilleries over $424,000 in fees over the past three years. The new money helps local business.

Berger says, "The state has been great, they have been very clear about the process. It's still a long process to set-up any business but also to get your distillery license. They've helped by creating easier access lowering a lot of the cost to start with. Primarily and then the support when you get to that stage when you can start to apply. My partner has talked about how phenomenal it is when he gets someone on the phone."

Though Cuomo's policies have not always made New Yorkers happy, the French Distillers and Alchemists crew seems happy with his efforts on this one.

Berger says, "I think it's created opportunity. Certainly, I have gone through periods where it felt like there was limited opportunity in the area. And this has created a start for us. We're older guys with more experience."