Spa City looks at possible \last call change

Franck gave an overview of statistics, saying he was working closely with Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Wirth to have those numbers made public. From the New York State Liquor Authority, Franck said there are 57 counties in New York State and of those, 12 close at 1 a.m., 21 close at 2 a.m., three close at 3 a.m. and 21 close at 4 a.m. He also noted three college towns"Elmira, Geneva and Ithaca"that have some of the earliest closing times in the state at 1 a.m. to prove earlier last calls do exist and work.

Franck also noted a cost benefit analysis that revealed between 2007-09, there were 80 workers compensation injuries resulting in claims to police, 18 of which occurred between 2 and 4 a.m. around Caroline Street area. While Franck said there are also numerous injuries during other early morning hours, the high incidence of injuries between that two-hour time slot is telling.

He also said citizen complaints and insurance claims are higher in the early morning hours.

"We have complaints from citizens near the downtown area of people passed out on their floor who didn't live there, public urination and vomiting in yards complaints about excessive noise, drunk people yelling, screaming or fighting outside houses, all around 4 or 5 in the morning. Nothing good starts after 2 a.m.," said Franck. "I know people aren't going to stop drinking and I'm not trying to kill the tourist trade, so that's why my proposal is outside the track and summer season."

Franck said he is flexible and more than willing to sit down with bar owners to discuss their end of the deal. There will be a public hearing before the City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 4 meeting, to take a closer look at the proposal.

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