Rumor: Hell Square Operator Paul Seres Seeks ‘Night Mayor’ Position

Posted on: September 25th, 2017 at 5:08 am by

Mayor de Blasio last Tuesday evening signed the bill into law that creates the controversial Office of Nightlife, a bureau charged with helping the city’s nightlife industry grow while managing various community concerns.

“The office will be led — I’m not going to announce any names yet, there is a massive competition going in — but the office will be led by someone who undoubtedly will be more popular than me and will wield tremendous power: the nightlife mayor,” Hizzoner said during the presser at Bushwick’s House of Yes venue. For added effect, the politicians invited Marky Ramone for the ceremonial signing.

Meanwhile, a reliable source tells us that Paul Seres, onetime president of the New York Nightlife Association and owner of neighborhood scourge The DL, among others, is gunning for the new “Night Mayor” position. He allegedly submitted his application for consideration, joining the fierce competition.

Given the history here, we suspect that residents of Hell Square are probably not pleased with this rumored development. Paul Seres is involved with three different clubs on the Lower East Side – The Delancey, Delilah, and The DL – all boasting less-than-stellar track records when it comes to crime and/or quality of life problems. Especially the latter establishment, which has seen two major brawls on its doorstep the last couple years. (The club was also raided by the authorities this past spring.)

This so-called Night Mayor is an appointed position by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. He or she will serve as liaison between the industry and the communities affected by it. Other rumored contenders jockeying for the position include Gerard McNamee, former director of operations for Webster Hall pre-buyout.

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