New York City names its first Nightlife Mayor
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Member Rafael Espinal announced the appointment of the city’s first-ever Nightlife Mayor, Ariel Palitz, on March 8. Palitz will head The Office of Nightlife that New York’s Consumer Affairs Committee voted into establishment in August.
“I’ve always been a nocturnal person,” Palitz told The New York Times. “Nocturnal people just sort of gravitate toward nightlife. But I don’t think that will change even if I have to be in the office at 9 AM.” Palitz additionally told the Times that she will host a series of listening sessions to hear about issues presented by residents and venue owners alike in her intention to focus on conflict remediation.
Espinal, who was instrumental in the repeal of the city’s Cabaret Law in November, has since released a statement championing Palitz for the position. “It is exciting to learn that NYC’s first Nightlife Mayor is a female with a strong background in nightlife and community advocacy. I believe the nightlife community will have a well-rounded voice in Ariel Palitz and the administration will have a unique perspective on nightlife issues,” Espinal said, “There is a lot of work to do and I look forward to working with Ariel as I continue advocating for the independent venues and DIY community that desperately needs the city’s support to come out of the bureaucratic shadows.”
Palitz will earn a salary of $130,000 a year in order to lead a mayoral office with a $300,000 budget and a 12-person advisory board.