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State to begin process to change Essex Co. law on last call for bars

June 17, 2013

LAKE PLACID - The state Liquor Authority scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, June 13 on changing last call for Essex County bars.

The county Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in May that would move the closing time for bars and nightclubs from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Now the Liquor Authority must authorize the measure, in a process that begins with Thursday's public hearing.

Originally, supervisors weighed changing last call from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m., a move supported by local organizations including the Lake Placid-Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition and the Substance Abuse Prevention Team of Essex County. But some bar owners in Lake Placid, a popular resort destination, said losing an hour would hurt their bottom line and adversely affect their employees. The only three establishments in Lake Placid that are open past 2 a.m. close at 3 a.m. already anyway, so supervisors comprised by moving the closing time to 3 a.m.

The resolution also asks the authority to remove a restriction prohibiting liquor and wine stores from selling alcohol from noon to 3 p.m. on Good Friday.

Mac McDevitt, of the Substance Abuse Prevention Team, wrote said an in email that he anticipates a good discussion at the hearing.

"I know this has been a hot issue in Lake Placid," McDevitt wrote. "I think it might be quite lively with multiple points of view being expressed."

The hearing is set for 6 p.m. June 13 at the Board of Supervisors chambers of the county courthouse in Elizabethtown. Organizers are asking anyone who wants to speak to sign in starting at 5:45 p.m. the day of the hearing. People are not required to sign in to speak, but those who sign in will be given the first chance to speak.

Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 26 or jcollier@



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