Electeds Demand SantaCon Adopt ‘Good-Neighbor Principles’
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Outside the 13th Step, December 2013
For the third year running, a coalition of lawmakers has united to fight the scourge of SantaCon. Yesterday afternoon, State Senator Brad Hoylman, along with City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senators Adriano Espaillat, Liz Krueger and Daniel Squadron, Assembly Members Deborah Glick, Richard Gottfried and Linda Rosenthal, and Councilmembers Daniel Garodnick, Corey Johnson and Rosie Mendez sent letters to SantaCon and the State Liquor Authority demanding greater oversight. The hope is to curb the anonymous nature of the event, impart greater accountability, and call for adherence to “common-sense principles.”
For starters, it’s the worst kept secret that Costume Jim Glaser is behind the yearly faux-charity crawl. He had been in cahoots with Figment NYC (where he served as board member), a relationship we exposed last year. So, Glaser should step forward and also publicize the drunken parade route so locals can understand what’s happening in their backyard.
“SantaCon needs to grow up,” said State Senator Brad Hoylman. “An organization that brings over 25,000 people to our neighborhoods should show us respect by sharing its routes with community boards and local elected officials and working together with us well in advance to determine how we can mitigate the negative impacts of this bar crawl on our local communities and small retail businesses, whose annual sales depend heavily on this time of year.”
The local officials also reached out to SLA Chairman Vincent G. Bradley, urging the agency to take a “proactive approach” to this year’s event by reminding participating licensees to be mindful of potential violations. They also ask the SLA to commit additional inspectors along the route to ensure adherence to local regulations.
As it stands, the SantaCon route begins somewhere in Brooklyn and will eventually end up in the East Village. Oh, and Unsilent Night is planned for the same day.
Below is the full letter to the “anonymous organizers” behind SantaCon: