The Colonie company Empire Wine & Liquor has won a major round in its battle with the State Liquor Authority (SLA).
The Appellate Division of New York State Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Empire Wine can subpoena SLA staff in a contest between the state's contention that Empire has been shipping wine to consumers in 16 states that do not allow such sales and the company contends that state regulations previously had allowed such sales.
Empire, which is trying to protect its license from revocation, has been trying to subpoena SLA General Counsel Jacqueline Flug, Director of Enforcement Noel Colon, Public Affairs Director William Crowley and Deputy Commissioner of Licensing Kerry O'Brien. It told the court it wants to question the officials about the SLA's policy on out-of-state sales, saying that the agency had not previously objected to such transactions.
Empire is located in the Northway Shopping Center in Central Avenue opposite Colonie Center.
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