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As a former bar owner who now regularly assists bar and restaurant owners with New York State liquor license applications, disciplinary matters and alcohol awareness training, I can attest that nothing good happens at bars between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. The 3 a.m. proposal seems to be a reasonable compromise, and the supervisors may actually be doing these licensees a favor. If all of the licensees in the county close at 3 a.m., patrons won't leave to go elsewhere at 3 a.m. In all likelihood, they'll just go home. When negotiating stipulated closing hours for my bar clients in exchange for support for an applications from community boards and town/city government officials, I generally draw the line at 3 a.m. for one important reason: Many people work 4-12 am shifts and then head out to eat, relax with a drink etc. If over-serving really is a problem in this county, there are many other ways to deal with that short of changing closing hours. The community already has the tools in the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Law to address over-serving and bars that are not properly supervised. -- John Springer, www.liquorlicensenewyork.com, www.nybarguy.com
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