Essex County bar closing approved by Liquor Authority

— The New York State Liquor Authority approved a motion to change the time alcohol can be served from 4 to 3 a.m. during their meeting on June 19.

“It will go into effect immediately once a letter has been sent to the county,” said Bill Crowley, director of public affairs for the Liquor Authority.

Judy Garrison, Clerk of the Board of Supervisors said she is working with the County Attorney to figure out the protocol for notifying county business owners.

Chesterfield Town Supervisor, Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee and Stop DWI Board member Gerald Morrow said he was very pleased with the decision.

“We shouldn’t have changed it in 2005, 3 a.m. is a good compromise, for now,” said Morrow.

The action overturns the 2005 decision made by the Essex County Board of Supervisors and the New York State Liquor Authority that changed the hours from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m., the state’s latest allowable time to serve alcohol.

An open forum held on June 13 invited county residents to air their approval or disapproval to State Liquor Authority representatives Dennis Rosen and Jaqueline Held. During the open forum, no county resident came forward to object the change but five people spoke in favor of the change including Morrow, Ticonderoga Police Chief Mark Johns, owner of the Mountain View Inn of Lake Placid Vic Kraus, along with Dough Terbeek and Mac MacDevitt of the Prevention Team in Ticonderoga. Rosen said that lack of disapproval made the decision to change the hours easier.

“At the meeting everyone seemed to be on the same page and everyone thought 2 a.m. would be a better time,” said Morrow. “Our work isn’t done yet.”

By limiting the time people are allowed to be served alcohol, Morrow said it would be a significant help to improving safety on roads in the early morning hours and help reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road.

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