There Are At Least Seven Towns in New York State That Don’t Serve Alcohol
Kind of hard to believe there are still towns that hold on to old Prohibition era laws in the year 2019. But they do exist. According to a state database, there are at least seven towns in New York state that are still completely dry. However, one town outside of Albany could change that soon.
Syracuse.com reports that the Washington County town of Argyle will vote Tuesday to repeal an alcohol ban that stretches all the way back to 1933. This will be the twelfth time the town has attempted to repeal the ban, with the most recent vote in 2000. The town of 3,700 sells no alcohol in any of its stores, restaurants, or bars. There is however Highlander Brewing, a craft brewery located right in the town of Argyle, that is allowed to brew their beer, but can not sell it within town limits.
So where are the other dry towns? The database lists the towns of Caneadea, Clymer, Lapeer, Orwell, Fremont and Jasper as being completely dry. The town of Berkshire is also still listed, though Syracuse.com says that they may have loosened some of their laws in recent years.
The database also lists about 45 other towns that have partial bans (or, partially dry), where alcohol may be served at restaurants, but perhaps not sold in stores, or vice versa.
The last town to overturn a complete ban was actually Neversink in Sullivan County in 2015.