This year the City Council voted unanimously to change the closing time for downtown bars from 4:00 AM to 2:00 AM.
Currently the county government is responsible for the closing time of bars subject to the approval by the New York State Liquor Authority.
At this year’s League of Women Voters of Saratoga County(LWVSC) forum the candidates for County Supervisor were asked if they supported closing the bars early as advocated by the City Council.
In his remarks, Republican candidate John Safford noted that he had knocked on 500 doors in his campaigning and the overwhelming numbers support closing the bars earlier. This matches my own anecdotal experience.
I found it stunning that Supervisor Matthew Veitch answered the question by saying unequivocally that he supports keeping the bars open until 4:00 AM.
Supervisor Tara Gaston gave a rambling response that I will take as a no to supporting the closure, but I leave it to the readers of this blog to determine where she stands based on her remarks (see video below).
John Safford’s position is that a Supervisor should represent the City Council at the county and he would advocate for closing.
Shaun Wiggins was crystal clear. He supports closing the bars at 2:00 AM.