We're happy to announce that today the City Council passed two of Council Member Rafael Espinal's bills that we've advocated for and support. It is expected that Mayor de Blasio will sign both bills into law.
The first bill will create an Office of Nightlife. The NYC Hospitality Alliance has been urging the creation of a city-run office for many years that would serve as the intermediary between city agencies, law enforcement, residents and the nightlife industry; assist nightlife businesses with permitting and licensing matters; and promote an economically and culturally vibrant nightlife industry.
The second bill will create an online food donation portal. The portal will be another vehicle connecting restaurants and other entities that have food to donate with local rescue organizations and hungry people who need food in real time.
We thank Council Member Espinal for his leadership on these two important issues, Speaker Mark-Viverito for her leadership and the City Council for their support. We encourage and urge Mayor de Blasio to sign both bills into law.
Thanks to all the members of the NYC Hospitality Alliance for your support. It ensures that we can continue to serve our industry and have meaningful achievements in the halls of government. A special thank you to Board Members David Rabin, Paul Seres, Mitch Banchik and counsel Rob Bookman for their decades of advocating for NYC's nightlife.