Why Doesn’t CB3 Want to Talk About the Comprehensive Alcohol Outlet Density Resolution?
Posted on: January 24th, 2018 at 9:44 am by Staff
For a community board whose district is overrun with liquor licenses and quality-of-life fallout, it’s somewhat striking why its leaders wouldn’t stand behind a draft resolution that attacks the issue head-on. Nevertheless, that appears to be the state of affairs at Community Board 3; same old, same, old.
At stake is a resolution that the Transportation subcommittee had been drafting since this past September (below) that explored the adverse public health effects of bar density on the Lower East Side. Its creation, and a possible vote on the matter next month, apparently caused controversy within the ranks, and eventually led newly-minted CB3 Chair Alysha Lewis Coleman to remove Chad Marlow from his year-and-a-half-old position.
Last night, 24 hours after Marlow resigned Community Board 3 altogether, the full board convened for its monthly meeting. It was in this forum that the report on “alcohol outlet density” was pretty much tabled by chair successor David Crane. When asked by fellow member Karlin Chan why the resolution is not on the February agenda for discussion, Crane responded that it was never a “project of the committee” nor on the “agenda of the committee” … even though it was back in September.
Moreover, Alysha Lewis Coleman wasn’t too forthcoming over the reasoning behind Marlow’s ouster.
In response to the apparent bungling, Chan also resigned his post in the Transportation committee shortly after the meeting.
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