19 Sep Letter: More access to alcohol is unwise
In August, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a coordinated effort by several state agencies and institutions to prevent underage drinking on college campuses and in college towns.
Then on Sept. 7, he signed the “brunch bill,” an amendment to allow restaurants and bars to serve alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays, two hours earlier than was previously legal [“Approval for booze at brunch,” News, Sept. 8].
In addition, restaurants will be eligible for permits to sell alcohol beginning at 8 a.m. up to 12 times a year in areas outside of New York City.
Young people take risks and test limits. Cuomo aims to deter them from boozing it up, but they will be emboldened by the more flexible hours in which they can now get access to alcohol. Not good, Guv.
Andrew Malekoff, Long Beach
Editor’s note: The writer is the executive director of the nonprofit children’s mental health agency North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center in Roslyn Heights.