NYSAVA Hails Legislative Win, Rallies Support At Luckower Golf Meet

Posted On: 7/8/2019

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EASTCHESTER, NY - The New York State Automatic Vending Association drew more than 80 industry members to its 8th annual Herb Luckower Golf outing and dinner meeting, held on June 25 at the Leewood Country Club here.

The golfing and dinner event is one of NYSAVA's main fundraising programs, supporting its advocacy efforts on behalf of the vending trade in the Empire State. The golf tournament honors the memory of the late Herb Luckower, a pioneer vend product broker and longtime NYSAVA board member active in industry affairs.

NYSAVA president John Murn of RSA Management Group (Farmingdale, NY) hailed a recent legislative victory for New York vendors: an increase in the sales tax exemption for food and drinks sold through vending machines. The exemption rises to $2 from $1.50, which in itself had been an NYSAVA achievement. Murn thanked the association's lobbyist, Danny Frank, for leading the charge in Albany.

In 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that increased the state's tax exemption for goods sold through vending machines to $1.50. The victory followed years of tireless industry advocacy.

The NYSAVA president also announced that Frank will be stepping down from his role with the trade association, and wished him well in his future endeavors. Frank also is the executive director of the Amusement and Music Owners Association of New York.

"There are always more legislative issues, including a bottle bill that would tax everything that comes in a bottle beginning next year," Murn cautioned. "We need to continue to work together, with your help and support. See your state senators and assemblymen. Let them know who you are and what you do. Build those relationships."

NYSAVA is a state council of the Chicago-based National Automatic Merchandising Association. NAMA regional legislative manager Wes Fisher and director of member communities Pam Gilbert attended the NYSAVA event, and reiterated to New York operators the importance of their involvement at the local level as advocates for the industry. The NAMA delegation also urged New York industry members to take part in the upcoming industry Fly-In advocacy event on Capitol Hill. It's set for July15 through 17.

GETTING RESULTS: Speaking at New York State Automatic Vending Association's annual Herb Luckower golf outing and dinner meeting are (from left) National Automatic Merchandising Association director of member communities Pam Gilbert, NAMA regional legislative manager Wes Fisher and John Murn, RSA Management Group and NYSAVA president. The speakers lauded the membership for a successful sales tax relief campaign and emphasized that individual operator engagement at the local level is the key to effective political advocacy.