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Statement on Street Festival Regulation Changes

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement today on Mayor de Blasio’s withdrawal of proposed changes to street festival regulations:

“Governing requires patience and a willingness to get things right, even if it takes a little longer. That’s what the mayor is displaying here.

“The mayor’s proposal contained real positives, but it also contained real flaws and suffered from a one-size-fits-all approach. I’m confident that by working with residents, Community Boards, and neighborhood business associations, the mayor can craft a plan that achieves our shared goal of higher-quality street festivals that enhance communities without overburdening them.”

In October, Brewer offered testimony on the mayor’s proposal before the Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management. That testimony is available here.