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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.

— The vote was cast soon after Lake George Mayor Robert Blais told the board he’d supported 3 a.m. based on his poll of village bar owners, two-thirds of whom said the earlier hour made no difference to them. Weeks ago, he’d voiced support for retaining 4 a.m.

“Three a.m. is a just, fair compromise that will help all of the county,” he said, adding that a 3 a.m. last call would spread to Saratoga, allaying fears that patrons would drive elsewhere to drink. “This will spread to Saratoga County and be helpful to the city of Saratoga Springs as well.”

Essex County’s recent endorsement of a 3 a.m. last call is now under consideration by the Liquor Authority. Hamilton County has a 2 a.m. limit due to a recent vote.

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