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Essex County may turn back the clock on alcohol sale hours

— Those who throw a few back at local establishments may have two fewer hours to do so in Essex County.

Members of the county's Public Safety Committee tabled a potential resolution to curtail the hours of alcohol sales in Essex County from 4 a.m. to a.m.

"In Clinton County it is 2 a.m., Franklin is 3 a.m., while Warren County is 4 a.m. and is currently looking to roll back to 2 a.m.," Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said. "It's a resolution that needs to be done from this board that then moves on to the state ABC board for a hearing. There has been a lot of statistics that nothing good happens between 2 and 4 a.m. It helps with insurance and with arrests."

Several supervisors said that they had already talked to their bars and restaurants about the roll back of serving hours.

"I contacted establishments in my town and surprisingly, no one was against it," Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. "One of them even said that we might be doing them a favor."

"I checked with the one in my town and that tavern is closed at midnight every night," Morrow said. "They do not wish to be locked in to a time if they have the ability to stay open."

"With my three establishments, one closes at 9 p.m. and another closes at 10 p.m.," Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley said.

"I never saw any good come out of being in a bar from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Most people have had it by then," Schroon Supervisor Michael Marnell said.

Other supervisors said that they wanted to hear more.

"I do not see how this will affect Wilmington at all. Before I do something that will be county-wide I would want to hear from more people who this will impact," Wilmington's Randy Preston said.

"I want to hear more from the public before I am going to vote for this," said Dan Connell of Westport.

“It will affect my town the most," North Elba's Roby Politi said. "I have not heard from the mayor or the police force, so I am not ready to voice an opinion at this time."

After discussion, the committee voted to table the resolution until next month's committee meeting.

"I do not think that this is as cut and dried as you might think," Preston said.

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