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Essex County bar closing approved by Liquor Authority

— “This is something long over due, we (the board of supervisors) should never have changed it to 4 a.m.” said Morrow.

Johns said at the June 13 meeting the late bar hours were diminishing the quality of life for early morning workers, runners and residents in Ticonderoga.

“I’m very pleased that the comments made at the meeting were heard by the State Liquor Authority representatives and that action has been taken,” said Johns.

MacDevitt said there needs to be a combined effort in the community to lower negative impact of alcohol on Essex County communities. Excessive alcohol use, he said, leads to a whole lot more problems for the community such as alcohol abuse, drunk driving, and domestic abuse.

“It’s really an impressive first step in the right direction for dealing with some of the problems in Essex County,” said MacDevitt. “Even one late night rowdy bar can negatively affect the quality of life for people in that town and have a negative economic impact.“

MacDevitt said in the state of New York there is a big push for alcohol to fuel economic development and in reality the shift comes at a higher cost for the state.

“The late night bars will claim that they are providing a public service – like providing food for late night arriving travelers or providing a needed element for Lake Placid as a tourist destination,” he said. “This is hard to credit since all bars in neighboring Vermont, including Burlington with its flourishing nightlife, close at 2 a.m. Also, the record suggests that these bars might be a net liability for tourism and quality of life for the residents of the area.”

Along with the change in “closing time,” law, the county-sponsored resolution, offered by Morrow, will do away with a law that prohibited the sale of alcohol between the hours of noon and 3 p.m. on Good Friday.

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