WILL RESIDENTS HAVE A SAY?
OR WILL INDUSTRY INSIDERS & $PECIAL INTERE$T DROWN OUT OUR VOICES?
HOW WE GOT HERE...
City Council Co-Sponsors 1688
Speaker Cory Johnson Council District 3 Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village, West SoHo, Hudson Sq, Flatiron, Times Sq, Garment District, UWS
Ben Kallos Council District 5 Yorkville, Lenox Hill, Carnegie Hill, Roosevelt Island, Midtown East, Sutton Place, El Barrio in East Harlem
Helen Rosenthal Council District 6 Central Park, Lincoln Square, Upper West Side, Clinton
Ritchie J. Torres Council District 15 Bedford Park, Fordham, Mount Hope, Bathgate, Belmont, East Tremont, West Farms, Van Nest, Allerton, Olinville
Antonio Reynoso Council District 34 Williamsburg, Bushwick, Greenpoint, and Ridgewood, Queens.
Mark Treyger Council District 47 Bensonhurst, Coney Island, Gravesend, Sea Gate
Karen Koslowiz Council District 29 Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill
Daniel Garodnick* Council District 4 UES, Koreatown, CPS, Tudor City, Peter Cooper, Stuy-Town, Murray Hill, UN, Yorkville, Carnegie Hill, Midtown East
Vincent Gentile* City Council 43 Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach
WE HAVE TO A$K....
1. Residents and community groups can reach the Office of Nightlife to share ideas, concerns & priorities at:
2. Subject Line: Resident Input for Office of Nightlife Report
3. After your statement of fact, concern or questions, include your full name with (Resident) in parentheses, email & zip code
9% of Espinal's re-election funds for the 2018 City Council race came from bar/nightlife owners and industry insiders who lobbied and supported his Nightlife Bills that passed to promote and support the nightlife industry complex and ensure industry lawyers, lobbyist & operators were appointed to the Advisory Board.
Bushwick, Crown Heights, Cypress Hills, East New York
City Council's Committee
on Consumer Affairs
and Business Licensing
Co Sponsors 1652:
Antonio Reynoso, Stephen T. Levin, Helen K. Rosenthal, Karen Koslowitz, Corey D. Johnson, Ritchie J. Torres, Jumaane D. Williams, Bill PerkinsDaniel Dromm, Alan N. Maisel, Rosie Mendez, Barry S. Grodenchik, Carlos Menchaca, Mark Treyger, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Laurie A. Cumbo, Vincent J. Gentile, Donovan J. Richards, James G. Van Bramer, Mark Levine, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Daniel R. Garodnick, Margaret S. Chin, Eric A. Ulrich
MAYOR DE BLASIO SIGNS THE BILL
MAYOR APPOINTS ARIEL PALITZ
Office of Nightlife
The Office of Nightlife, at the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, serves as a central point of contact between City agencies, nightlife business owners, residents, employees, patrons, and artists, with focus on promoting the nightlife industry.
Ariel Palitz, Senior Executive Director
José Soegaard, Deputy Director
Ray Martin, Nightlife Industry and Community Relations, Associate Director
Francesca Mirra, Strategic Planning Associate
Source: Mayor's Office of Nightlife Website
The Nightlife Mayor was required by the bill to conduct a 5-Borough Listening Tour to gather “feedback from the community" in order to draft policy and recommendations for promoting nightlife economic development citywide.
The Listening Tours in Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, NY and Brooklyn were poorly publicized to residents and community groups, and stocked with nightlife industry insiders. Currently, the data breakdown is 75% from the industry (ie developers, bar/hotel/club operators, lobbyists, liquor lawyers and nightlife insiders/employees) and 25% residents / activists.
SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW
MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL
APPOINT NIGHTLIFE ADVISORY BOARD
Nightlife Advisory Board
A complement to the newly formed Office of Nightlife, this all-volunteer, 14-member* independent body, will advise the Mayor and the City Council on issues affecting the nightlife industry. The Nightlife Advisory Board is also charged with making independent recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on ways to improve regulations and policies that impact nightlife establishments. All appointed members will serve a term of two years.
Source: Mayor's Office of Nightlife Website
Mayoral Appointees (NAB)
José Francisco Ávila, founder and managing member of Garufina Afro-Latina Entertainment, LLC. and Chairman of the Board of The Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc.
Kurtis Blow, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, DJ and Chairman of the Universal Hip Hop Museum who has released 15 albums over the course of his career
DJ Tikka Masala composes and produces music for the Obie and Bessie award winning Brooklyn based feminist acrobatic dance company, LAVA, and is resident DJ at Henrietta Hudson
Susan Stetzer, district manager for Community Board 3, Manhattan, where she has served for the past 14 years
Luisa F. Torres, owner of Mojitos Restaurant Bar and community activist
City Council Appointees (NAB)
Robert Bookman, regulatory and liquor licensing attorney, partner Pesetsky and Bookman
Marti Gould Cummings, drag artist, LGBTQ advocate
Alvester Garnett, drummer, percussionist, arts educator and advocate
Pedro Goico, representative at New York Supermarket Association
Olympia Kazi, architect, arts advocate and urban design critic. Member of the NYC Artists Coalition
Andrew Praschak, environmental attorney
Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance
David Rosen, Brooklyn and Queens bar operator and community organizer, co-founder of Brooklyn Allied Bars and Restaurants (BABAR)
Susan Xenarios, director and founder, Crime Victims Treatment Center, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals