Essex County earlier last call approved

The state Liquor Authority has approved Essex County moving its last call up an hour Tuesday.

At the authority’s Wednesday meeting, the board approved Essex County’s request to move its last call for alcohol from 4 a.m. to 3 a.m. with little comment.

Authority Chairman Dennis Rosen told the board about how he presided over a hearing last week in Elizabethtown on the request, and a half-dozen people spoke in favor of the change.

No one was there who opposed the earlier last call, Rosen told the board.

Vic Kraus, who runs the Mountain View Inn in downtown Lake Placid, was one of the people who spoke in favor of the change at last week’s hearing. He said he has trouble keeping customers happy at his business with the noise from nearby bars.

The Essex County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in May asking for the change. Supervisors originally discussed moving last call to 2 a.m., but concerns from Lake Placid bar and nightclub owners led to the compromise.

Liquor Authority spokesman Bill Crowley told the Enterprise in a phone call after the approval that the authority will send a letter to the county confirming the change. The new time will go into effect immediately upon the county’s receipt of the letter.