Updated 05/30/2012 07:00 PM
Last call to go before Saratoga Springs city council again
While the issue was abruptly tabled at the last Saratoga Springs city council meeting, an earlier last call proposal will be back on agenda for Tuesday's meeting. YNN's C.J. Spang has the latest.
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Despite getting a declaratory opinion from the State Liquor Authority that says last call changes must be done county-wide, Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen still plans to bring his proposal of moving last call from four o'clock in the morning to three to the city council for a vote.
"Even if this resolution doesn't pass at the city council, I will go to the (County) Board of Supervisors," Mathiesen said. "I think this is a county-wide issue."
Town supervisors we talked with say they're willing to consider changing last call to three o'clock county-wide, but they want to talk to constituents before making a decision.
"I want to do, certainly a fair amount of research and receive input from the business community in Clifton Park as well as residents," said Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett. "But also do that across the county to see exactly what the issues are and perhaps there's another way to solve this."
Saratoga Springs business owners have opposed Mathiesen's proposal. Local business leaders say a change in last call could create new problems, especially in communities near the county borders.
"The change in hours may have adverse impacts in terms of people going across the border to Warren County or Albany County, when they close here," said Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus. "So it creates other issues."
Despite the opposition from the business community, Mathiesen believes he has the support of Saratoga Springs residents.
"My experience is that most the citizens in the city are supportive of the change," he said. "They certainly are supportive of dealing with this change directly and this is one of the direct ways to deal with the problem."
The next city council meeting in the Spa City is June 5th. It's scheduled to start at seven o'clock.