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June 16, 2013

State will decide Essex County bar hours

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ELIZABETHTOWN —

“It’s crass. People are coming out, shouting obscenities, screeching tires.”

‘CONFRONTATIONS’

Kraus said they’ve worked with Lake Placid Village Police to try to maintain order.

“They’ve (police) done everything they can. When you have people (guests) standing at a lodging desk saying they are never coming back, it’s pretty bad.”

Kraus said he welcomes shutting alcohol sales down as early as possible. 

“It’s (4 a.m.) much too late. I really think the closing time should be 2 a.m.”

Ticonderoga Town Police Chief Mark Johns said altercations outside bars at closing time are a problem in his community.

“The Town of Ticonderoga is supportive of the change to 3 a.m. When it changed from 3 o’clock to 4 o’clock, we found patrons would stay another half hour. 

“We would have confrontations.”

‘NET LIABILITY’

Supervisor Michael Marnell (R-Schroon) said he once ran a place in Schroon Lake that served alcohol.

“I’ve never seen anything happen after 2 o’clock (at a bar) that was good.”

The earlier closing hours were originally proposed by Community Prevention Coordinator Mac MacDevitt of the Essex County Prevention Team in Ticonderoga.

“The alcohol industry has worked hard and spent a lot of money to recruit young drinkers and to encourage New York state and Essex County residents to drink lots of alcohol,” he said at the hearing.

He said late-night bars claim they are providing a public service by providing food for late-arriving travelers.

“The record suggests that these bars might be a net liability for tourism and quality of life for the residents of the area.”

NEGOTIATION

Prevention Team Executive Director Douglas Terbeek, who also spoke at the hearing, said the Board of Supervisors had debated and discussed the closing times extensively before passing a resolution for 3 a.m.

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