Gov. Cuomo offers to help Ballston Spa boy's lemonade stand


ALBANY, N.Y. (WRGB) - A Ballston Spa boy who was told by state health inspectors that he needed a permit for his lemonade stand has support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Cuomo said, "Today I directed the Department of Health to reach a resolution with the Mulvaney family to ensure that Brendan's Lemonade Stand can continue to operate. If a permit is needed, I will personally pay for any necessary fees. We support Brendan's entrepreneurial spirit and wish him the best of luck."

Since state health inspectors told Mulvaney that he needed a permit, the boy has also received support from Sen. Jim Tedisco. He is drafting legislation called the Lemon-Aid Law to help keep child-run lemonade stands open for business in New York State.

State health inspectors argued that Mulvaney's stand looked "too structured" and "much greater than the average little kid's spontaneous lemonade stand."

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