WHITE PLAINS, NY -- The New York State Automatic Vending Association drew a record crowd and topped last year's record fundraising efforts at its third annual Herb Luckower Memorial Golf Outing. It was held on Sept. 18 at the Westchester Hills Country Club here.
More than 125 operators, suppliers, distributors and vend brokers turned out to enjoy a round of golf, mix and mingle over cocktails and during dinner, and support NYSAVA's legislative efforts. The association's big push is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign its sales tax exemption bill.
NYSAVA lobbyist Tim Sheridan of Albany-based Capitol Group LLC informed operators that the association's tax-exemption bill passed the State Senate and Assembly in June and will make it to Cuomo's desk by late September or early October at the soonest. The governor will then have 10 days to sign or veto it.
The vending association has worked for several years to pass the legislation (a7705 Magee/s5219 Libous), which aims to amend the tax law to increase the exemption for vended food and beverages from 75¢ to $1.50.
"The governor vetoed it last year and said he wanted it to be part of the budget. It is not in the budget, and his staff is saying again that it belongs in the budget," reported Sheridan. "We're working as hard as we can to get him to sign it, despite it not being in the budget. We're also working the back alleys in Albany, telling legislators to put it in the budget."
NYSAVA president Brian Gill of Next Generation Vending (Canastota, NY) added that the association sent a letter to the governor in mid-September outlining facts and figures about the jobs the industry brings to the state and the financial impact of new regulations like calorie disclosure and new ADA requirements on operators' businesses.
"If you ask your local elected officials for their support, they'll get behind you," Gill said. "You can extract data points for discussion from the letter we sent the governor. We'll all succeed together or we'll all fail together. There's no middle ground, so please lend your support."