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A call to change last call

Saratoga Springs nightlife at the root of recent discussion between bar owners, public

Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen reads from his“diary” that includes a narrative of him witnessing events in the city’s nightlife.

Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen reads from his“diary” that includes a narrative of him witnessing events in the city’s nightlife. Photo by Julie Cushine-Rigg.

— “At this time, according to the National Restaurant Association, restaurants had 250,000 jobs in 2011 and expect that trend to continue in 2012.Many establishments do 20 percent of their business between the 2 and 4 (a.m.)time period,” said Baker.

He added that a drop in business would also lead to a drop insales tax revenue.

Linda Crawford, a resident, said the city’s nightlife is hurting its image.

“I look at it to where you’re the enforcers. I love therestaurants and the bars but if you’ve got downtown, which you have … you knowwhat happens. Girls fall down on their knees on Caroline Street at 11:30 or 12 because they’re so plastered. The businesses would not lose any money if you closed at 2. If you had a 2 o’clock last call and stayed open until 3, how areyou going to lose money? They’re just going to drink faster.”

Patrick Klimaszewski, a senior at Skidmore College andanthropology major, has chosen to examine Saratoga Springs bars for a researchpaper.

“Saratoga sells itself as a place with health, horses andhistory – yet we are also a place that offers more chances to get drunk than anywhere else in the county. We started off as a place associated with mineralwater. … I think Saratoga is confused as to what it’s selling itself as. As afamily town but also as a place for entertainment,” said Klimaszewski.

No decisions were made at the workshop, but Mathiesen hopes tobring issues discussed at Tuesday’s meeting to the City Council next month.

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