St. Patty’s Day options

3/11/2009:

City Council Quality of Life Committee mulls changes

On Tuesday, March 10th, an emergency working session of the City Council Quality of Life Committee was held at Police Headquarters. Chairperson and 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason commented, “I called this emergency meeting after the event Saturday as there is no doubt that action needed to be taken. The city needs to come together on a strategy for the future of this event, while it is an important day for the hospitality businesses, my concern is for the health, safety and welfare of the residents and taxpayers.”

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Chairperson Mason stated, “A timeline has been established to compile data, formulate a strategy and produce legislation for submission to the Council.” The committee will reconvene in 2 weeks with the goal of having a full report and legislative options before the City Council in 4-6 weeks.

Committee member and 4st Ward Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer said, “I’m looking forward to working with the public and local businesses to ensure public safety while keeping in mind the need for revenue in these tough economic times.”

Council President Nino Giacchi, who was also in attendance, added, “I’m pleased that the committee has taken a leadership role to look at long-term solutions.”

There was a general consensus coming out of the meeting on the following key issues;

  1. consider a day change moving the event from Saturday to either Sunday or a weekday,
  2. update legislation addressing safety issues of ingress/egress of apartment buildings, use or roofs and fire escapes and occupancy of balconies,
  3. review increasing of fines, and
  4. improve communication and coordination of public safety agencies, transportation and other important stakeholders along with an integrated community awareness campaign.

Committee member and 1st Ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano concluded, “Being host to time-honored traditions such as this is important for a community. Every city should have the ability to host a variety of fairs and cultural celebrations without endangering the public and personal property.”

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78 Comments on "St. Patty’s Day options"

Herman
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Herman

[quote comment=”142870″]Can we all stop with the grandstanding! It was a great day for all involved. The town, the businesses and yes the residents….Someone brought up a good point, no one complains with the Italian Street festivals that shut streets, make a mess of the streets etc. Mr Bergin is off base> Lets control it and continue it! NYC doesnt run and hide after every St Paddys day due to many incidents. :idea:[/quote]

It was a great day for the residents? Sure, unless you were assaulted, or your property vandalized, or you were hit with a bottle…

That’s quite an astute comparison, the street festivals. How many injuries and quality of life summonses do they yield?

jboyle60
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jboyle60

Can we all stop with the grandstanding! It was a great day for all involved. The town, the businesses and yes the residents. Yes of course there were a couple if incidents but they were handled by the police…and a hefty fine is to be paid! Can we just leave it be, maybe get a better control of various things, like house parties and traffic. Maybe shut down washington Street for the Day? Someone brought up a good point, no one complains with the Italian Street festivals that shut streets, make a mess of the streets etc. Mr Bergin is off base> Lets control it and continue it! NYC doesnt run and hide after every St Paddys day due to many incidents. 💡

barbpf
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barbpf

I don’t care about the noise or the mess and we need the dollars. I can stay inside for the day.

But do we really think this can continue without a much more serious incident ….. Little things like I don’t know – balconies pulling away from supports, alcohol poisoining and car accidents when drunks step into a street would seem to be inevitable. Where will that leave us??

Does that then become a city issue because we “saw it coming” and didn’t do anything? I feel a lawsuit coming on….

homeworld
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[quote comment=”142693″][quote comment=”142687″][quote comment=”142686″][quote comment=”142681″][quote comment=”142678″]StPaddyDayGirl, you’d only be able to put it to a screeching “hault” if you had 51% voting rights, which you wouldn’t. No one does. On our board, the vote was unanimous, by the way. And that includes the one owner who rents out her condo.[/quote]

Whats the avg family in your building look like ? 75 yrs ‘young’ with graduation pics of the grandkids on the oak coffee table with a backloaded DVR full of reruns of the Golden Girls and Wheel of Fortune ??? That Pat Sajack is sooooo dreamy[/quote]

Yep. Just like that!!!! And now we can watch the Golden Girls in Betamax in peace![/quote]

Doubt many 75 year olds live in a 6 floor walk up and what is betamax?[/quote]

Betamax = Sony Beta format of a VCR tape. It was a shorter and thicker cassette, and had a far superior image quality as compared to VHS. However, VHS for some inexplicable reason became more popular and ultimately became the defacto standard for VCRs. People with Beta machines got screwed, even though Beta was a better technology.
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Oh sure, blame the free market! Why do you hate America?!

Springtime
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Springtime

[quote comment=”142719″][quote comment=”142687″][quote comment=”142686″][quote comment=”142681″][quote comment=”142678″]what is betamax?[/quote]

hahahahaha :)[/quote]

Excuse me. I am the one who made the original reference to Betamax as a joke. You are quoting StPaddysDayGirl and wrongly attributing it to me.

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