Alcohol proposal headed to full Essex County board

Essex County Board of Supervisors

Essex County Board of Supervisors Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The proposal for Essex County to go dry an hour earlier passed through the Ways and Means Committee April 29.

The resolution in support of changing the hours in which an establishment can sell alcohol from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m. passed through the committee, 13-2, making its way to a weighted full board vote May 6.

Newcomb Supervisor George Canon and Schroon Supervisor Michael Marnell were the dissenting votes, while Ed Hatch (Willsboro), Deb Malaney (Ticonderoga) and Randy Preston (Wilmington) were not in attendance.

“My local establishment is not in favor of this so I am not going to support it,” Canon said.

“Warren County has not made up its mind and with Schroon being so close to Warren County, I think that we should be of the same mind,” Marnell said.

Chesterfield Supervisor Gerald Morrow said that the other surrounding counties all had different hours to end alcohol sales.

“I do not think that we need to wait for Warren County to do anything because they may not do anything,” Morrow said. “Franklin County is 3 a.m. Clinton County is 2 a.m. I would like to see this continue at 3 a.m.”

Jay Supervisor and board Chairman Randy Douglas said he supported the change, but wanted to look into special exemptions.

“My two local establishments have no problem with a one hour change,” Douglas said. “I would like to see something done about a special event. We have our softball tournament and other events but right now I think you can only get an exemption for New Year’s.”

“I do agree that special events would be a good exception,” Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley said.

Mac MacDevitt of the Prevention Team said that after the resolution is passed, it would still be reviewed by the New York State Alcohol Review Board, who would then hold a public hearing locally.

“They will hold the hearing in Essex County,” he said.

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