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    Upstate New York retailers may be forced to close early.

    NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- All-night convenience stores in upstate Newburgh, N.Y., would be a thing of the past if a proposed law aimed at hindering drug activity and violence goes into effect.

    The measure would shut down those stores from midnight to 5 a.m., said Mayor Andrew Marino.

    The mayor anticipates a majority vote from the City Council to pass the local law, which would limit hours of operation for stores that do not sell alcohol. The state governs operation hours for stores licensed to sell alcohol.

    A number of large convenience store chains, including Sunoco Inc., DB Marts and Xtra Mart would be affected by the ruling. There are approximately 55 convenience stores in the city, according to Trade Dimensions, a sister company of Convenience Store News.

    Crime has been a problem in Newburgh, 60 miles north of New York City. City officials have been trying to change that with community policing, civic pride and economic development.

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