Bar Closing Times

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

After months of debate, Erie County legislators rejected a push to move bar closing hours back from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m.


Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Should Erie County's bars be open until 4 a.m. or 2 a.m.? The two sides of that issue squared off Tuesday night during a County Legislature public hearing, debating for almost three hours.


NTSB recommends lowering legal BAL to 0.05 percent

Jan 25, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its "most wanted" list for 2016. Among its recommendations is lowering the legal blood alcohol limit. But some law enforcers and elected officials believe there's a better way to crack down on DWI cases.


Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Erie County legislators on Thursday refused to allow a vote on a proposal to cut back the county's drinking hours.


Jonny Moran/WBFO News

It may be last call for Erie County's 4 a.m. bar closing time — at least, if two of Western New York's most prominent police unions have their way.

Buffalo Place board recommends earlier bar closing times

Oct 28, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The board of directors for Buffalo Place, the downtown-based economic promoters, have voted in favor of earlier bar closing times in Erie County. The vote, however, was split with four board members expressing opposition to the idea.


Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Allen Street may be a legendary local drinking and partying street in the neighborhood but the Allentown Association is tiring of some alcohol-fueled behavior. The group is backing the push to move last call from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The movement to make Erie County's bars close sooner took a step forward Wednesday when a county lawmaker introduced legislation asking the State Liquor Authority to change the current 4 a.m. closing time to 2 a.m. Bar owners are offering differing opinions about the proposed new closing time.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For weeks, the Erie County Clerk has been suggesting a change in the county's closing time for bars. Chris Jacobs now has a supporter in the Erie County Legislature willing to sponsor the proposal.

WBFO News file photo

Even though a poll shows residents support closing bars earlier in Erie County, Legislature Majority Leader Joe Lorigo is unswayed by the results.