Last week, the New York City Council approved a measure that would create the official Office of Nightlife, which includes the all-important Night Mayor. The new role, which we have discussed before, would be a mediator between the government, law enforcement and New York City nightlife, to try and harmonize rules and do what it can to keep New York’s nightlife thriving. With the measure passing the city council, one man is already reportedly jockeying for the role -- former head of Webster Hall Gerard McNamee, who now has a bit of free time with the club shutting down for nearly two years under new management.
"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," McNamee wrote on Facebook. "It is what I do, it is who I am. After the holiday weekend I travel to Europe for a listening tour. I will meet w key European 'Night Mayors'. If appointed New York City Nightlife Ambassador I will represent New York City Mayor de Blasio and his initiatives."
He seems like a logical choice, but according to the New York Daily News, he may be too close to the nightlife industry to be considered for the role.
The office is still in its infancy. There will be 12 board members, eight appointed by the City Council Speaker and another four appointed by the mayor. It isn’t clear how it will rule on the controversial, racist and outdated cabaret law, but those in nightlife would like the law to go.