April 9, 2013

Essex County moves toward reducing bar hours

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County lawmakers took the first step Monday toward requiring bars in the county to stop serving alcohol at an earlier hour.

The present 4 a.m. closing time for taverns to cease alcohol sales would be lowered to 3 a.m. under the proposal put forward by Supervisor Gerald Morrow (D-Chesterfield).

The measure passed the Public Safety Committee of the County Board of Supervisors 7 to 1, with Supervisor David Blades (R-Lewis) opposed and Supervisor Edward Hatch (D-Willsboro) absent.

Blades said he opposed the resolution because it also removes a rule that liquor stores must close between noon and 3 p.m. every Good Friday. Morrow said the prohibition had never been enforced.


The change to 3 a.m. gets a preliminary vote at a Ways and Mean session April 29 and a final vote May 6 at the board’s regular meeting.

If approved, the State Liquor Authority would make the final decision after a public hearing.

The 3 a.m. closing time was a compromise, since Mac MacDevitt of the Essex County Substance Abuse Prevention Team in Ticonderoga had recommended last month that the closing time be moved to 2 a.m.

MacDevitt made another presentation to the Board of Supervisors Monday, telling them it is an important issue to discuss.

He said that if the law were changed to require a 2 a.m. closing time, that only meant alcohol could not be served after that hour.

“The business can stay open, continue to serve food, which I understand is an issue in Lake Placid. 

“Patrons can stay.”


Supervisor Roby Politi (R-North Elba) said Lake Placid has a different economy than the rest of the county, with events that run over into later hours.

“There is a consensus in the Lake Placid community that a 3 a.m. closing hour would suffice,” he said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Colin Read's Column

Business Spotlight
Peter Hagar's Farm Column

Farm Briefs
Videos: Business News
All Aboard! LIRR Strike Averted Microsoft to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs Time Warner Rejects Murdoch's Takeover Bid Yellen Says Economy Still Needs Fed Support Cleveland Expects Economic Boom From Lebron Justice Dept. Fines Citigroup $7 Billion Justice Dept. Fines Citigroup $7 Billion Downside of Low Mortgage Rates? Less Selling Cupcake Shop Crumbs Shuttering All Its Stores San Francisco Prepares for Soda Battle Dow Breaks Record 17,000 GM Crash Compensation Could Top $1 Billion GM Won't Limit Crash Compensation Funds Justices Rule for Broadcasters in Aereo Fight