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Buffalo Business Owners Debate Change in Closing Time

BUFFALO, N.Y.-Saturday's mass shooting has not only left city leaders searching for a suspect, it's left them searching for ways to curb escalating violence downtown.

One prominent Buffalo developer has two suggestions; close bars three hours earlier and increase police presence.

Currently, bars can stay open until 4 a.m.

Rocco Termini is suggesting it become 1 a.m.

"I think one o'clock is long enough," said Termini. "After one o'clock people start getting drunk and that's what causes the problems."

The change would have to go through county government, and would impact all establishments that serve alcohol in Erie County.

Another prominent businessman, Mark Croce, says he doesn't necessarily agree that's the answer.

"We can look at a myriad of ideas to try to get some of this stuff under control," said Croce. "It wasn't necessarily the time of night, it could have happened at one o'clock in the morning."

Termini says he doesn't doubt there will opposition to his plan, but he likens this to the move to ban smoking in bars; he says the patrons will adjust.

He's also calling for State Troopers and Sheriff's Deputies to include the city in their patrols as a way to get more officers on the streets downtown.











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