Monday, January 23, 2012

Input Needed: City Ordinance Licensing Audio Entertainment

Dear Neighbors,

There has been an increase in the number of restaurant venues in the 7th Ward's Neighborhood Commercial Districts over the past several years that have helped make our neighborhoods off Delaware and New Scotland great places to live and visit. Some of these venues provide live music. The city ordinance governing the operation of any music/audio entertainment is woefully out of date and currently undergoing revision by the Common Council. Public input on this legislation is needed to ensure that people's concerns are addressed in any new ordinance that is voted on.

The legislation currently being proposed, Ordinance 9.12.10 (see attached), would give the City Clerk's Office the power to grant/remove licenses to have live music up to 7 nights per week. A major concern being raised is that there would be no public process (such as a public hearing) in reviewing/approving license applications in this proposed legislation. There are, also, no specifications regarding the number of venues allowed to have live music in any particular area. 

The Council's Planning, Land Use and Economic Development Committee is meeting at 5:30p.m. this coming Tuesday, January 24 (City Hall, 2nd floor Court Rm) and there will be an opportunity for public comment at the meeting. Please let me know your thoughts on this issue.
Catherine M. Fahey

Albany Common Council Member, 7th Ward
32 Lawnridge Avenue
Albany, NY 12208


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