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Mac MacDevitt of the Substance Abuse Prevention Team of Essex County speaks to the county's Public Safety Committee Monday about a proposal to change the county-wide last call for bars. Photo: Chris Morris, via <a href="http://adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
Mac MacDevitt of the Substance Abuse Prevention Team of Essex County speaks to the county's Public Safety Committee Monday about a proposal to change the county-wide last call for bars. Photo: Chris Morris, via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Essex County moves to reduce bar hours

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Essex County lawmakers have given initial approval to a measure that aims to change the county-wide last call for bars from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m., not 2 a.m. as had been previously proposed.

Chesterfield town Supervisor Gerald Morrow introduced the resolution at Monday's Public Safety Committee meeting. He said he changed the time to three o'clock for the sake of compromise.

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Chris Morris
Tri-Lakes Correspondent

The time change passed the committee with broad support, with only one supervisor opposed. In addition to moving last call from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m., it would get rid of a county law that requires liquor stores to close from noon to 3 p.m. on Good Friday.

Roby Politi is supervisor of the town of North Elba.

“I really don’t think that the hour is as much a problem as the individual is,” he said. “I think we all have a responsibility to act lawfully. There’s no question that irresponsible people do irresponsible things. They cause problems. Using guns, alcohol, texting and driving - these all cause tragedies.”

Nick Planty is owner of Wiseguys Sports Bar and Grill in Lake Placid. He said the compromise is reasonable.

“We’ve never taken advantage and stayed open until 4 o’clock anyway,” he said. “We’ve always respected the 3 o’clock [closing time] - the old law - and basically, that’s where we wanted to see things go.”

The resolution must now clear two more hurdles before the change is finalized: It must be approved by the Ways and Means Committee on April 29, then pass a weighted vote of the full Board of Supervisors on May 6.

Chris Morris' reporting is courtesy of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. For more of his work, go to AdirondackDailyEnterprise.com.

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