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Alcohol hearing set

— Dennis Rosen, the Chairman of the New York State Liquor Authority, will be holding a public hearing on Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. to elicit comments on the question of whether the changes in closing hours as outlined in the resolution by the Essex County Board of Supervisors should be approved. The meeting will be held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers.

Any person who wishes to speak is encouraged to sign in at the hearing site beginning at 5:45 p.m. on the day of the hearing. While no one is required to sign in prior to the hearing, those persons who do sign in will be heard first, in the order in which they sign in. Any person who is unable to attend the hearing but who wishes to make their views known is encouraged to submit a written statement to the Hearing Officer. In order for a written statement to be considered, it must be postmarked no later than June 10. All written statements should be sent to: New York State Liquor Authority, Attn: Secretary’s Office, 80 South Swan Street, Suite 900, Albany, New York 12210, Re: Essex County Hearing.

The Essex County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution requesting the New York State Liquor Authority amend the hours of sale of alcoholic beverages at retail for on premises consumption. Currently, Essex County on premises licensees are prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages on Sunday between the hours of 4 a.m. and noon; and on any other day between the hours of 4 and 8 a.m. The amendment would change the hours of sale to prohibited licensees from selling alcoholic beverages at retail for on premises consumption on Sunday between the hours of 3 a.m. and noon; and on any other day between the hours of 3 and 8 a.m.

The resolution further requests the Authority to remove the restriction on Good Friday on the sale of alcoholic beverages at retail for off premises consumption. Currently package and wine store licensees in Essex County are prohibited to sell alcoholic beverages between the hours of noon and 3 p.m. on Good Friday.

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