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Nightlife Advisory Board

As a complement to the newly formed Office of Nightlife, this all-volunteer, 14-member independent body, will advise the Mayor and the City Council on issues affecting the nightlife industry. The Nightlife Advisory Board is also charged with making independent recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on ways to improve regulations and policies that impact nightlife establishments. All appointed members will serve a term of two years.

Download: NYC Nightlife Advisory Board Report 2021

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Nightlife Advisory Board Members

City Council Appointees

  • Andrew Rigie (Chairperson) - Executive Director, New York City Hospitality Alliance
  • Olympia Kazi (Vice Chair) - Architect, Arts Advocate, Urban Design Critic and Member, NYC Artists Coalition
  • Susan Xenarios (Secretary) - Director and Founder, Crime Victims Treatment Center at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals
  • Robert Bookman - Regulatory and Liquor Licensing Attorney and Partner, Pesetsky and Bookman
  • Alvester Garnett - Drummer, Percussionist, Arts Educator and Advocate
  • Pedro Goico - Representative, New York Supermarket Association
  • Mitch Nowicki -  Health & Fitness Advocate and Client Relations Lead, Zero Bond
  • Allen Roskoff - President, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Civil Rights Activist, Gay Activist and Co-Author of Nation's First Gay Rights Bill
  • David Rosen - Bar Operator, Community Organizer and Co-Founder, Brooklyn Allied Bars and Restaurants (BABAR)

Mayoral Appointees

  • José Francisco Ávila- Founder and Managing Member, Garufina Afro-Latina Entertainment; Board Chairman of the Garifuna Coalition USA
  • Kurtis Blow - Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, DJ and Chairman, Universal Hip Hop Museum
  • DJ Tikka Masala - Composer and Producer for the Obie and Bessie Award-Winning Feminist Acrobatic Dance Company LAVA and Resident DJ, Henrietta Hudson
  • Susan Stetzer - District Manager, Manhattan Community Board 3
  • Luisa F. Torres - Owner, Mojitos Restaurant Bar and Community Activist