Also, the bar proprietors said that the late-night hours were primarily to accommodate after-hours gatherings of restaurant and bar employees, relaxing after work.
We at Denton Publications have seen the statistics of late-night violent crime, and they are disturbing to say the least. This roster of statistics included the fact that in 2012, the county dispatch center received nearly 250 calls concerning violent fights between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.
New York State’s regulations for bars, prohibiting serving alcohol between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. daily, are among the most lenient in the northeastern U.S.
It is hard to understand why bars have to serve alcohol that late. Note that taverns are indeed permitted to stay open longer, they just can’t serve alcoholic beverages past the curfew.
Many counties have opted for an earlier last-call, as provided by state law. Saratoga County has not, and neither, to date, has Warren County. In Clinton County, bars close at 2 a.m.
Essex County, on the other hand, voted Monday May 6 to close their bars at 3 a.m., and we applaud their decision. Essex County leaders took the bold step of passing a resolution for bar closing time to be rolled back from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m. Their action was taken after hearing from Mac MacDevitt of The Prevention Team of Essex County that alcohol is the third leading root cause of preventable death in the U.S., and is a key factor in the leading causes of death for teens and young adults — unintential injuries, violent crimes, vehicular crashes and murder.
Such alcohol-related incidents drive up the cost of health care, law enforcement, vehicular insurance and child welfare.
Warren County supervisors are now leaning toward striking a 3 a.m. compromise, which we believe makes sense. Kenny has said he will support a measure calling for a 3 a.m. last-call between May 25 and Sept. 15 and a 2 a.m. curfew the rest of the year. Such a proposal allows for later patying on the summer holidays and during major Lake George festivals.