Just after Essex County legislators passed an earlier closing time for bars there 15-1, Warren County has rejected a similar measure in a close vote by a county Board of Supervisors committee, the Glens Falls Post-Star reports. This topic has been debated for some time in the county legislature, as a response to a crime problem in Glens Falls that many felt would be ameliorated by earlier closing times.
As in Essex County, Warren County’s bars are open until 4 a.m.; an earlier proposal would have had them close at 2 a.m., but the one the committee rejected Wednesday would have had them closing at 3 a.m.
Instead of an earlier closing time, supervisors who voted against the proposal said they’d like to see the county offer Glens Falls a beefed up police presence (on the other hand, some said such a presence could be a negative for business and summer tourism.)
Others said making changes that affect all the bars in the county isn’t the answer to a crime problem that’s mostly in the South Street area of Glens Falls, and that earlier closing times could, again, hurt tourism.
County Sheriff Bud York told the paper that his office can provide help if it’s asked, but that someone’s going to have to pay for the overtime such help would entail.