Rumor: Nightlife Advocate Ariel Palitz is No Longer on Community Board 3
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Sutra’s Ariel Palitz, Photo: Blackbook
Word on the street is that Ariel Palitz, who owned and operated Sutra on First Avenue for ten years, is no longer a sitting member of Community Board 3. Not due to any particular action, but rather, her inaction. The staunch nightlife advocate, previously on the SLA subcommittee, allegedly failed to submit re-application materials by the proper deadline.
According to bylaws, community board members across the Five Boroughs are appointed by the Borough President (Gale Brewer) to serve two-year commitments. Term extensions past these end dates require a re-application form prior to expiration, but the position is not guaranteed.
We hear that Palitz is in scramble mode, petitioning CB3 Chair Gigi Li to be re-enlisted instead as a public member of CB3. Serving in this capacity is essentially a step down, permitting a vote solely at committee but not the monthly full board meetings. Public members must reapply every year, appointed by the board chairperson for a term of April through March.
We reached out to Gale Brewer’s office for comment, but were met with a canned response. “The BP’s office will announce the full slate of Manhattan Community Board appointments soon, and will not comment on specific individual appointments.”
If not reinstated, a panel without Palitz could potentially upset the dynamic of the powerful licensing subcommittee.