With the only store in the Yates County town of Potter about to be forced to surrender its license to sell beer, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has stepped in to grant a temporary pardon.
Gov. Spitzer signed a measure to allow the Federal Hollow Staples store to continue to sell beer until another vote is taken in November to determine if the town of Potter should be dry. The town voted against alcohol sales in a recent ballot, but voters complained that the language on the ballot was confusing and that many people who thought they were voting in favor of alcohol sales actually ended up voting for Prohibition in the community.
Under the measure signed by Gov. Spitzer the store can keep its license to sell beer until the outcome of a new ballot in November is determined.