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Scarsdale Shops Optimistic Over Same-Sex Marriages

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Floral Designer German Chino at the Scarsdale Flower Shop said Monday that he expects New York’s legalization of same-sex marriages will help boost his sales.

“I think that this will be a plus for my business,” he said. There haven’t been any same-sex marriage licenses issued in Scarsdale, according to the village clerk’s office, but it’s still early.

“Big parties and weddings are always good for the economy,” said Sean McCann, an employee at The Scarsdale Flower Shop. “We hope that the Gay marriages would be good for our business.  More Gay people might travel to NY to get married since there are limited states that allow Gay Marriages.”

David Juhren is the Executive Director at the LOFT, a White Plains-based community services center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals in the lower Hudson valley.

Juhren said there are many same-sex couples waiting to get married and it could generate close to $400 million in revenue. Such a potentially large impact on local businesses has been one of the driving incentives for passing the law, Juhren said.

Citing a 2007 report from former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, an article in The New York Daily News said approximately 56,000 couples would wed in New York if the same-sex marriage billwere to be passed, which translates into revenue.

Another local merchant that looks forward to additional business is Zachys liquor store in Scarsdale. ”We do a fair amount of wedding business and increased weddings will help,” said Jeff Zacharia, the president and owner of Zachys.

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