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Essex County votes no on beer tent

Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting (back) and District Attorney Kristy Sprague (middle) both spoke at the Essex County Board of Supervisors May 7 on the topic of a beer tent at the Essex County Fair. The resolution, which had passed the Ways and Means Committee, was defeated.

Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting (back) and District Attorney Kristy Sprague (middle) both spoke at the Essex County Board of Supervisors May 7 on the topic of a beer tent at the Essex County Fair. The resolution, which had passed the Ways and Means Committee, was defeated. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

Connell also said that he felt the board had worked too hard to be cast in a “negative light.

“I am concerned that there has been such a negative light on that fair board,” he said. “They put their heart and soul into this. They do not agree that this is going to have a negative impact.

Preston said that the matter was a difficult one.

“I have never had a problem making a decision and this one has caught me off guard,” Preston said. “I was all in favor of allowing a trial basis a week ago. After hearing from the sheriff, District Attorney, Mac MacDevitt of the Prevention Team and the Lake Placid-Wilmington Connecting Youth Commission, I am not so sure anymore.”

“I am having a tough time with this,” said Douglas, who voted in favor of the resolution.

“I did support this on the committee level because I am on the liquor license at the Knights of Columbus in Keeseville,” Morrow said. “I can't support this now.”

“I attend events in towns where alcohol is sold or allowed to be brought in,” Ferebee said. “I understand the DA, sheriff and everyones concern about children, but why does everyone have to change when the education should be coming from the parents.”

“I feel that the key component is that this is a family event,” Boisen said. “We would not find a beer tent at our schools during any of their events. They want to find revenue and I want to support the fair board, but this is not it.”

“It is a family event,” Malaney said. “It has Essex County's name all over it and I will not support this.”

Afterwards, Douglas said that the board had done its due diligence on the matter.

“You have put a lot of effort and research into this,” Douglas said. “Dan has been in the spotlight because he brought this forward. Everyone should be proud of the work they did.”

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