Ballston Spa boy reopens lemonade stand

August 20, 2018 09:29 AM

BALLSTON SPA – The controversial lemonade stand run by a 7-year old that New York State shut down last month reopened on Saturday and drew a lot of attention – local, state and federal.

Visitors included the Mayor of the Village, John Romano, NYS Sen. Jim Tedisco (R-Saratoga) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro), during a campaign stop in her 21st Congressional District. She told 2nd grader Brendan Mulvaney to “keep the change” while she took two bottles. Tedisco presented Brendan with a $100 bill.


“Moderate a little bit,” Tedisco said of his Lemon-Aid bill. “Have some reason and common sense. Leave the kids alone and basically let's let lemonade stands be great again in New York State."

Last month, after complaints from vendors at the Saratoga County Fair, the NYS Dept. of Health shut down the stand on the final weekend of the fair saying he needed a permit. By Monday, July 30, the department was backtracking and Gov. Cuomo even offered to pay for Brendan’s $30 permit fee himself. But the damage was done.

“It feels great to help some new friends,” said Brendan. He was referring to reopening the lemonade stand to help Madison Moore, 12, who has Blounts Disease, a rare growth disorder. She will have surgery Wednesday, August 22, at Shriner’s Hospital in Boston where they will put a screw in her left knee.

"I think it's very amazing because they're looking out for me and it's really nice, it means the world to me,” said Moore. Her family has also set up a Gofundme page.

On Saturday, another event dubbed “the world’s largest garage sale" was going on at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds behind their house so the family thought it would be a good time to re-open and raise some money.

“We're helping her out,” said Brendan. “Go Team Maddy."

"We shouldn't go out and harass kids who want to sell lemonade in their own home under the guidance of their own parents,” Tedisco said. “This is what the legislation says. Eliminate that regulation."

Said Brendan’s father: "Get outside and sell lemonade. It's a learning experience. These kids can learn how to count money, be respectful and that goes a long way. And Stand for Lemonade meaning stand up for what is right."

The bottled lemonade was donated by Montauk Beverage and driven up from Long Island. There were donated custom-printed yellow t-shirts by E&A that read “Stand For Lemonade” and plenty of smiles at the corner of Prospect and Fairground. There is no permit necessary for a lemonade stand in the Village up to age 14.

"I'm very concerned about the heavy-handedness of New York State whether it's a permit charge for kids who are selling lemonade or whether it's shutting down a lemonade stand,” said Stefanik. “This is quintessentially-American, it's part of what makes our country great, what makes upstate New York great, having kids being able to start their own lemonade stands during the summer."
After her surgery, Madison’s next goal is to play on the volleyball and basketball teams.

"We've learned a lot and we've really appreciated all of the support from our community and from across the nation,” said Jodi Mulvaney, Brendan’s mom.


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