The end result is finally here after much discussion and debate over bar closing time in Warren County. YNN's Erin Moran reports.
WARREN COUNTY, N.Y. -- Should Warren County change its bar closing time? It's been a debate, sometimes heated, for months.
But finally, an end to the debate came on Wednesday after the New York State Liquor Authority voted unanimously to move closing time from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m.
“I think it's very positive, not only for the City of Glens Falls, but for Warren County as a whole,” said Jack Diamond, Mayor of Glens Falls. “An hour means a lot to the city because it gives our staff, our police staff, that spends an awful lot of time in the South Street corridor, another hour to do some community policing.”
Diamond was vocal throughout the entire debate for moving the closing time back in an effort to fight violence and crime in the South Street corridor of Glens Falls. Initially, he asked for a 2 a.m. closing time.
“To compromise and come up with 3 a.m. is better than losing the argument at 2 a.m., from the county standpoint,” said Diamond.
“I don't think it's going to affect my business all that much and I don't think it's going to affect problems on this street,” said Anthony Poulos, co-owner of the Irish Pub located on South Street in Glens Falls.
He’s been in business for ten years on South Street and said he didn’t think the change would hurt his bar or others. He noted police presence has grown over his ten years on South Street, which alone was already curbing crime in the area before the debate over a change in closing time came along.
“I don't think it's going to make a lot of difference either way. But it's a step in the right direction. And again, we all have to get along, the city and the owners of the bars here on this street. So compromise is good,” said Poulos.
The State Liquor Authority told YNN Wednesday that the time change would go into effect immediately after the proper paperwork was filed. An official date has not been set.