You missed quite a party Friday night. Local elected officials, along with representatives from Community Board 3 and three police precincts, escorted State Liquor Authority Commissioner Kevin Kim through the neighborhood. State Sen. Daniel Squadron just put out a press release about it.
Squadron, along with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assembly member Brian Kavanagh, Assembly member Deborah Glick and City Council member Rosie Mendez all went along, as did cops from the 7th, 5th and 9th precincts. According to Squadron’s release, the tour was meant…
…to highlight the quality-of-life challenges associated with an over-saturated nightlife scene, and give the commissioner a better understanding of the neighborhood when making future license application decisions. Commissioner Kim was able to get a first-hand understanding of the impacts of a high density of bars, restaurants and nightclubs on the neighborhoods’ quality-of-life. Community Board 3, which covers the area, consistently has one of the highest numbers of 311 commercial noise complaints in the city. In the year ending October 17th, there were 2,707 complaints filed, the highest in Manhattan.
While State Assembly Speaker Silver Sheldon Silver was not bar-hopping with the group (it was Shabbos, after all), members of his staff did take part. In a statement, he said, “Community Board 3, as well as other local boards, does an excellent job voicing the concerns of residents when it comes to SLA licenses and I urge the commissioner to give their recommendations the weight they deserve.”
The whole group chimed in with their own statements. Not hugely newsworthy, but here’s the link to the press release on Squadron’s website.