When is last call? New law could leave bars with different closing times

When is last call? New law could leave bars with different closing times

(As originally published with bells and whistles, Fri, December 23rd 2022, 8:16 PM EST)

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (TND/WRGB) — Closing time could come at different times for bars in one New York town.

This week, the city council in Saratoga Springs passed a resolution 3-2 that focuses on bars renewing their liquor licenses.

When bars renew, the city will write a letter to the New York State Liquor Authority petitioning the business to stop alcohol sales after 2 a.m.

Commissioner of Accounts Dillon Moran told WRGB in Albany he supports an earlier closing time for the city’s bars, but he’s not sure whether the new policy will improve public safety.

He pointed to license renewal cycles as a point of uncertainty.

When is last call? New law could leave bars with different closing times
FILE – Imperial bar manager Matthew Rentz said a shortage of some higher-end liquor brands has forced him to change his cocktail menu several times this summer. (WLOS)

“You’re going to have over a period of the next two to three years — if it’s successful — a bifurcated system where some people are closed at 2 a.m. and some people are closed at 4 a.m.,” Moran said.

He added, “I know it’s going to cause a problem. It’s a nightmare. That’s going to require every single one of our police officers to understand who’s going to be allowed to be open until 2 a.m. and who’s allowed to be open until 4 a.m., on top of everything else they have to do.“

In the end, it all comes down to what the state decides to do.

The city wanted the change to help cut down on violent crime.

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