ALBANY -- The New York State Automatic Vending Association reported that a bill seeking to raise the state's tax exemption for vended food and beverages is now before the State Assembly's Ways and Means Committee. With the session ending Tuesday, June 23, the association's lobbyist, Wladis Law Firm (Syracuse, NY), is urging every operator in New York to call their regional assemblypersons and voice their support for bill A7679, cosponsored by Assemblymen Bill Magee and Mark Weprin.
The legislation, originated by the association, would amend the tax law to exempt food and beverages sold through vending machines from New York state sales tax to $1.50; the current exemption is 75¢. NYSAVA gained the support of legislators by educating them on the industry's thin margins and the reality that the lack of the higher exemption in a down economy could devastate small vending operators. The savings from the higher exemption would amount to $35,000 for every $1 million in business. If passed, it would go into effect in January 2010.
The NYSAVA lobbyist is asking operators call their state representatives and ask them to voice their support for the bill's passage to the counsel of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, Michael Johnson. New York operators can also call any of the following assemblypersons who are Ways and Means Committee members:
Queens: Jeffrion Aubry at (518) 455-4561; Vivian Cook, (518) 455-4203; Catherine Nolan, (518) 455-4851; William Scarborough, (518) 455-4451; or Mark Weprin (cosponsor), (518) 455-5806.
Brooklyn: William Colton, (518) 455-5828; Joseph Lentol, (518) 455-4477; N. Nick Perry, (518) 455-4166; or Helene Weinstein, (518) 455-5462.
Albany: Jack McEneny (multi-sponsor), (518) 455-4178.
Hudson Valley: Kevin Cahill, (518) 455-4436; or J. Gary Pretlow, (518) 455-5291. Buffalo: Sam Hoyt, (518) 455-4886; William Parment, (518) 455-4511; or Robin Schimminger, (518) 455-4767.
Rochester: Joseph Morelle, (518) 455-5373, or David Gantt (518) 455-5606.
Utica: RoAnn Destito, (518) 455-5454. Manhattan: Adriano Espaillat, (518) 455- 5807; or Deborah Glick, (518) 455-4841.
Nassau County: Earlene Hooper, (518) 455-5861.
NYSAVA president Mike Esposito of Prestige Services (Clifton Park, NY) has been instrumental in advancing A7679 and is urging operators to join the state association to help secure the industry's future. Its membership ranks have dwindled from 60 operator members in 2000 to 32 today. The association is planning its annual golf outing for Sept. 2 at the Green Lakes State Park in Syracuse, NY, which is the biggest fundraiser for its PAC fund. Registration costs $150 and includes green fees and cart, lunch and dinner. Visit nysava.org or call Esposito at (518) 877-7426.