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Warren County leaders approve earlier ‘last call’ in bars

An earlier last call at bars isn't going to prevent the late-night brawls and violence occurring frequently on South Street in Glens Falls, Fire & Ice tavern owner Doug Frost of Lake George advised the Warren County Board of Supervisors at a recent meeting. Frost continued that beefing up police patrols of the neighborhood would be a more effective remedy. The board decided Friday May 17 to prohibit alcohol sales after 3 a.m., an hour earlier than the present limit

An earlier last call at bars isn't going to prevent the late-night brawls and violence occurring frequently on South Street in Glens Falls, Fire & Ice tavern owner Doug Frost of Lake George advised the Warren County Board of Supervisors at a recent meeting. Frost continued that beefing up police patrols of the neighborhood would be a more effective remedy. The board decided Friday May 17 to prohibit alcohol sales after 3 a.m., an hour earlier than the present limit Photo by Thom Randall.

— After the vote to recommend the 3 a.m. bar closing to the state Liquor Authority, Glens Falls Ward Five Supervisor Bill Kenny said he was pleased with the outcome.

He’d at first pushed for a 2 a.m., last call, citing statistics indicating that violence escalated downtown during the later nighttime hours.

“It’s about time,” Kenny said. “Three a.m. is a fair compromise.”

Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin Geraghty, who had opposed the measure as a hindrance to upcounty taverns, said the issue involved a problematic balance between not intervening how tavern owners conduct their business — and maintaining public safety.

“The vote outcome is what it is,” he said. “Now it’s up to the state Liquor Authority to see if they agree.”

Earlier, Glens Falls Ward 2 Supervisor Peter McDevitt had called for the vote, reminding opponents of the measure they’d have another opportunity to argue their case in the public hearings to be held by the Liquor Authority.

Geraghty continued that in the meantime, he’d be reviewing whether nighttime police patrols in Glens Falls should be bolstered by county sheriff’s officers — and if so, who would pay for it.

"We'll be working with the city to clean up their problems," he said.

Voting yes for the earlier last call were Glens Falls supervisors Peter McDevitt, Dan Girard, Bud Taylor, and Bill Kenny; Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe; Lake Luzerne Supervisor Gene Merlino; and Queensbury supervisors Ron Montesi, David Strainer, Bill Mason, and Mark Westcott.

Voting No on the issue were Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson, Thurman Supervisor Evelyn Wood, Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover, Hague Supervisor Edna Frasier, Horicon Supervisor Ralph Bentley, Johnsburg Supervisor Ron Vanselow, Queensbury supervisor Matt Sokol — a bar owner; Stony Creek Supervisor Frank Thomas, and Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty. Glens Falls Ward 4 Supervisor William Loeb was not present.

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