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June 16, 2013

State will decide Essex County bar hours



“The public-health and public-safety impact of binge drinking was considered in the decision-making process, as well as the obvious economic concerns of a small number of bar owners.”

He said over-consumption of alcohol has a negative impact on quality of life.

“A small percentage of drinkers, 17 percent, consume 50 percent of the alcohol and cause most of our alcohol-fueled problems. Alcohol is about negotiation along a continuum — the negotiation requires balancing the economic benefits of businesses and the rights of adults to drink in low-risk ways to ensure the protection of public safety and public health.”


Rosen said the State Liquor Authority has a three-person board, with one seat vacant. He said he and Commissioner Jeanique Greene will be the ones voting on the earlier closing time Wednesday. 

The meeting is at 10:10 a.m. at the authority’s New York City office.

“This resolution will be on the calendar and considered by the board that day,” Rosen said. “We’ll have an answer for you Wednesday.”

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