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Lawmakers to salute “brunch bill” with mimosa toast

Three local politicians will be celebrating the adoption of the new state law allowing alcohol sales as early as 10 a.m. on Sundays with a mimosa toast Sunday morning before brunch at a Buffalo restaurant.

State Sen. Tim Kennedy, Assemblyman Sean Ryan and Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke, all D-Buffalo, will gather at 9:45 a.m. Sunday at Trattoria Aroma, 307 Bryant St., to raise their glasses to the new law when 10 a.m. rolls around. Brunch starts at 11 a.m. at Aroma.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the bill Sept. 7 that altered the starting time for Sunday sales, which for 82 years was fixed at noon. Kennedy, who co-sponsored the final bill, and Ryan, who co-sponsored an earlier version, supported the change in Albany, while Burke had introduced a resolution of support for earlier Sunday alcohol sales into the County Legislature last year.

Bars and restaurants will be allowed to apply for special state permits allowing them to begin alcohol sales at 8 a.m. Sundays as many as 12 times a year.

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