By Evan Dawson, Managing Editor
Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that, he says, goes a long way toward helping New York state wineries succeed. The changes come from recommendations made in 2008 by the New York Wine Grape Task Force, which was chaired by Paumanok winemaker Kareem Massoud.
You can check out the news release from the governor's office here.
I figured there's no one better to put this stuff in context than Kareem Massoud. Our Q&A follows.
NYCR: What is the biggest impact that will come from this legislation?
NYCR: How are consumers likely to be affected?
NYCR: You spent a long time putting proposals together. How many of your recommendations were carried out?
NYCR: Finally, is it cynical to wonder if there is a political component to the governor's support of this legislation? In other words, is it possible this is an effort to placate the wine industry, which might be upset with his actions on other upcoming matters?
KM: There is a political component to every piece of legislation. Chances are, this one is no exception. One has to wonder what political motives existed to implement some of these nonsensical regulations in the first place.