Schumer Pushing for Booze in the Mail

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A plan is underway for the U.S. Postal Service to start mailing alcohol. For years, private carriers like UPS and FedEx have been the only option to ship booze. Now, New York Senator Charles Schumer is pushing the plan to boost a growing beer and wine industry in Upstate New York. It is a move the owner of Coyote Moon Vineyards says is long overdue.

"The draconian, prohibition-era laws just have to go away. It's crazy. They serve no purpose, other than to stifle business," said Phil Randazzo, Coyote Moon Vineyard owner.

Those laws have been on the books for over a century. But if overturned, it could bring in $225 million more a year to the financially struggling postal service. It may be good news for the consumer too, with flat rates through the postal service, people could spend less on shipping and more on their favorite wine.

"Anything we can do to lower costs of shipping. Because shipping is a barrier. It's quite expensive to ship wine. And when you ship one bottle of wine a long distance, the shipping can cost more than the bottle of wine," said Randazzo.

But, how often will people actually mail alcohol? If you ask people at the post office in Watertown, the answer is a lot, especially this time of year.

"Merry Christmas I guess! And send all your friends a bottle of wine if they want one," said Ron Asafaylo, booze mail supporter.

Click on the picture to see Rachel Spott's report.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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