Petition Surfaces to Oppose CB3 Reinstatement of Ariel Palitz

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 at 9:22 am by

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Sutra’s Ariel Palitz, Photo: Blackbook

The official Community Board appointments for the class of 2015 are here, and as we first reported last week, nightlife advocate Ariel Palitz is no longer a sitting member. And it seems there are those in the neighborhood who would like to keep it that way.

Going to extremes, someone out there created a simple petition to convince Chair Gigi Li not to reinstate Palitz as a public member of the advisory board. It’s a rather harsh call-to-action, but hasn’t received any traction. Two signatures as of this morning.

UPDATE: As several readers have pointed out, there is a concurrent petition in support of Palitz which has over eighty signatures. We’ll continue to update as necessary.

Palitz is purportedly in this position because her two-year term was up, and re-application documents were allegedly not submitted on time. Those in opposition claim that her sitting (and voting) on the SLA subcommittee is a conflict of interest due to her consulting services on the side and owning bars in the confines of CB3. Her absence would certainly change the composition of the monthly proceedings.

If Gigi Li appoints Palitz as a public member, she may vote at committee level but not the full board meetings. Public members must reapply every year, appointed by the board chairperson for a term of April through March.

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