- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Bars in the Buffalo area can continue to have last call at 4 a.m. after the Erie County Legislature rejected a measure that would have pushed closing time back to 2 a.m.

County lawmakers on Thursday voted 7-3 against the proposal to make 2 a.m. the legal closing time. Supporters of the measure have contended that allowing Buffalo-area bars to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. presented quality-of-life issues for neighborhoods and increased demands on law enforcement.

Opponents of the measure say it would have hurt late-night business at bar and restaurants in Buffalo and surrounding communities.

Closing times vary by county across New York state. Had the Erie County resolution passed, it would have asked the State Liquor Authority to put an end to 4 a.m. last calls.

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