City Councillor Rafael Espinal says the Big Apple needs a "Night Mayor" because "in recent years the cultural life of the city -- particularly the one that exists in the nighttime -- has become fractured and inaccessible" as reported by the Daily News: "this new city official would preside over an Office of Nightlife, where, in one centralized location, night businesses, residents and other city agencies could communicate and coordinate," and "this office's job would be to be awake during the nighttime hours, understand the industry's concerns, streamline onerous permitting processes, and advise businesses on how to be good neighbors -- how to comply with the law, when to lower music, what permits they need and more."
Actually, New York used to have a "Night Mayor," and he was Genovese capo Matty Ianniello who oversaw much of nightlife happenings including so many gay bars during the 1960s through the 1980s from his midtown high rise office. Ianniello recently died but his longtime nightlife partner, former Colombo underboss Sonny Franzese, will be released from prison on June 25 -- just in time for the NYC gay pride parade! -- and perhaps he may be interested in the city position.
Of course, an old-school mobster as "Night Mayor" may not comply with all the city rules, and lots of drugs, sex and wild fun inevitably would return to New York nightlife.
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