Webster Hall’s former director running for New York’s Night Mayor Position
Now that NYC’s City Council has solidified its decision to establish an Office of Nightlife to be headed by a Night Mayor, it’s time for the city to fill those new positions, and they won’t have a lack of volunteers, it seems.
Webster Hall’s former director of operations, Gerard McNamee, is not only interested in being a part of the nightlife committee, but also has announced his intent to run for the position of Night Mayor. McNamee made his interest in the title known at City Hall on Thursday evening before the City Council cast its vote to appoint the office.
McNamee is confident in his qualifications for the position, writing “I have my finger on the pulse of the industry. I live, eat and breathe it. I am perfectly suited for this position. I curate community and culture,” in a Facebook post shared on Friday morning.
“It is what I do, it is who I am,” McNamee continued. “If appointed New York City Nightlife Ambassador I will represent New York City Mayor de Blasio and his initiatives.” Much of McNamee’s support for Mayor de Blasio and his “initiatives” lies in de Blasio’s support of, and attention to New York’s nightlife scene, seeking to further develop and refine nightlife as a source of jobs and economic growth for the city.
While McNamee is undoubtedly well-versed in the language of New York nightlife, an entity with knowledge of the ambassadorship plan has stated that McNamee might just be too “close” to the industry, a familiarity that could jeopardize his chance of being elected. “The concern is that having a stake in a nightclub poses a conflict,” the source remarked, “it’s hoped that the agency will be an impartial liaison between nightlife businesses and residents.”
The Office of Nightlife will be comprised of twelve stakeholders, eight of which will be placed by the City Council Speaker. The remaining four will be selected by the mayor.