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NYS Restaurant Association represents the restaurant industry before elected officials, government agencies and others who pass laws and enforce regulations impacting YOUR BUSINESS. Below are several achievements in eliminating and reducing unnecessary burdens and expensive regulations that impact your business.



  • Worked to educate legislators about the cash wage for tipped employees and why an increase is unnecessary.
  • Supported legislation to clarify service charges and prevent frivolous lawsuits.
  • Opposed legislation to increase the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour and the cash wage for tipped foodservice workers to $5.86 an hour and ties both to the consumer price index for annual increases.
  • Defeated letter grading legislation at the state level and in Albany County.
  • Supported legislation to increase the powers of the State Liquor Authority (SLA) Chairman to make it amore efficient state agency.Lobbied in favor of extending temporary retail permits for another year.
  • Joined Governor Cuomo on stage at the New York Wine, Beer and Distilled Spirits Summit. 


New York City

  • Worked with the New York City Council to amend new commercial bike legislation, removing overburdensome provisions and criminal liabilities for restaurant operators.
  • Met with and submitted comments to the NYC Business Integrity Commission opposing increasing carting industry fees on operators.
  • Consulted with the NYC Department of Health to revise Article 82, the health code, to make it more streamlined and fair to operators.
  • Lobbied the NYC Council to clarify and extend Sunday sidewalk café hours.Worked with the NYC Business Solutions to develop free work force development for operators.
  • Coordinated with the NYC Economic Development Corporation to assist with the retention of the Hunts Point produce market.
  • Coordinated with the NYC Department of Transportation to develop an off-hours delivery program and became amember of the DOT’s standing working group committee.
  • Continued to participate as a standing member of the NYC DOH Food Safety Advisory Committee and co-sponsored the DOH’s October food safety seminar.
  • Attended all public hearings regarding the letter grade proposal and worked behind the scenes to make numerous changes to the original letter grade proposal.
  • Lobbied Mayor Bloomberg and the Health Department to no longer require restaurants to pay fines from violations acquired during an initial or reinspection if they earn an ‘A’.Retained a health department consultant to develop a more cooperative relationship between the restaurant industry and the Health Department.
  • Held numerous letter grade training seminars and offered the Food Handlers course over two days every month.
  • Conducted dozens of media interviews expressing our opposition to the letter grade system.Worked with a business coalition to defeat Paid Sick Leave legislation.
  • Worked with Speaker Quinn’s office to develop compromise legislation on the living wage proposal that does not include restaurants.

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