ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany Convention Center Authority (ACCA) is pleased
to announce that Governor Kathy Hochul has appointed local
restauranteur, sommelier and philanthropist Dominick Purnomo to the ACCA
“Dominick and his family have been immersed in Albany’s downtown
hospitality industry for many years” said Michele Vennard, chair, of ACCA.
“We are grateful to have Dominick join the ACCA board and believe his
experience will be an asset as we continue to drive economic development
in downtown Albany.”
A hospitality industry advocate committed to making a positive impact
for fellow restaurant owners and workers, Purnomo is the wine director
and owner of Yono’s & DP An American Brasserie. He sits on the boards of
the New York State Restaurant Association, The New York Wine & Grape
Foundation, The Palace Performing Arts Center, and Feed Albany, a
Capital Region nonprofit provides meals to those at risk and in need.
Dominick cofounded Feed Albany and was the inaugural president of the
Purnomo is also a member of the Society of Fellows at the Culinary
Institute of America, the American Sommelier Association and the
Chevalier du Tastevin, and is a founding board member of the Albany Food
& Wine Festival and the founder of the Sommelier Society of Albany.
Along with many of his peers, Purnomo was instrumental in getting
Congress to pass the RESTAURANT’s Act, bringing much-needed relief to
restaurant owners and workers during and following the COVID-19
pandemic. Additionally, Dominick lobbied the state legislature to pass
permanent to-go alcohol sales in restaurants across the state.
The Albany Capital Center is now in its fifth year of operation. With
up to nine members, The ACCA board was established in 2004 to oversee
the construction and continued operation of the $78 million Albany