The Woodbury-based AriZona Beverage Co. Wednesday released a statement pointing out that it is indeed a New York business.
The company, however, traces its roots to Brooklyn and has kept its headquarters on Long Island for the past 16 years, its founder and chairman Don Vultaggio said in a statement. The company employs about 250 people on Long Island, has no plans to relocate.
"In 1992, two hardworking guys from Brooklyn with a dream created AriZona Iced Tea," Vultaggio said. "Since then and despite the wonderful success AriZona has enjoyed throughout the United States and internationally, we have remained loyal to our family-run business based in New York."
Sen. Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) is against Arizona's new immigration law, which critics say will unfairly target Hispanics. He voiced his concerns about the boycott suggestions involving AriZona Iced Tea, calling it "a misdirected response.
". . . It is misguided and simply wrong to hurt a local business in protest of a law that was enacted on the other side of the country," he said.