Closing time rule change passes through Essex County board

— “Again, that is a religious holiday. I don’t think we should be looking at that,” Scozzafava said. “You never know, the spouse may want them to go to the bar on Christmas Eve.”

Canon, the lone vote against the resolution, had said he would not support the measure based on the input he received from his local owners.

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

Mac MacDevitt of the Prevention Team, who presented the board with the original proposal to change serving hours from 4 a.m. until 2 a.m., said he felt this was a step in the right direction when it comes to curving alcohol abuse.

“We need to do all we can to prevent alcohol-fueled problems in our communities,” MacDevitt said. “By voting to request that the New York State Liquor Authority roll back the bar closing hours from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m., they have taken an important first step to protect the health and safety Essex County residents from the impacts of binge drinking.”

However, MacDevitt said more should be done.

“Individual towns can decide what type of alcohol outlets, if any, they want to permit in their communities,” he said. “Towns can request that the State Liquor Authority set common sense restrictions on how alcohol is sold or served at special events. Local law enforcement can learn how to work more closely with the SLA to bring problem alcohol outlets into compliance with state law.”

The resolution will now go to the New York State Alcohol Review Board, which will make a determination and would then hold a public hearing locally before making a final decision.

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