This compromise accommodates the revenue concerns of tavern owners while offering the likely outcome of cutting down of criminal and violent behavior.
It also allows for restaurant and tavern employees to enjoy relaxing meet ups after work, while minimizing the incidence of drinkers crossing county borders at late hours for several more drinks. It’s unlikely that bar patrons will head out to a new destination at 3 a.m. for a few more drinks — they are much more likely to just go home.
Warren County leaders are now reaching out to their counterparts in Saratoga County to see if the two municipalities can collaborate on a 3 a.m. closing time — or maybe Kenny’s proposal — to minimize nighttime crime and DWI incidents.
We urge the leaders of the two counties to concentrate on the concerns of public safety and quality of life as they make their decisions, and not focus on the claims by a few tavern owners of their potential revenue loss.
In the meantime, we ask citizens to lobby their state legislators to enact a universal 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. bar closing time across New York State, or at least outside of New York City.