Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Local politicians call on SantaCon ' to adopt good-neighbor principles'

[Dave on 7th, from 2011]

From the EV Grieve inbox…soundbite alert!

Coalition of Local Elected Officials Calls on SantaCon to Adopt Good-Neighbor Principles

New York, NY – Today, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, along with State Senators Liz Krueger and Daniel Squadron, Assembly Members Richard Gottfried, Deborah J. Glick and Brian Kavanagh, and City Council Members Daniel Garodnick, Rosie Mendez and Margaret S. Chin, announced a set of principles organizers must follow to rein in the annual scourge known as SantaCon. During this massive pub crawl, thousands of participants dressed as Santa Claus overwhelm neighborhoods, violating numerous laws and regulations and creating major hazards to public safety along the way.

The coalition of officials recognize that SantaCon may be a short-term boon to a select group of local businesses, but it imparts many adverse impacts, such as vomiting in the streets, public urination, vandalism and littering. In a letter sent today, the officials requested that SantaCon adhere to the following three principles:

1) Make public and follow defined routes;

2) Ensure respectful participants; and

3) Implement a comprehensive safety plan.

What should be a frivolous and lighthearted event has become little more than a costumed parade of drunken lawbreaking,” said Senator Hoylman. “Any large event in New York has to be respectful of its surrounding community. To avoid ending up on the naughty list again, SantaCon organizers must adopt these principles and maintain an orderly event.”

The coalition letter reiterated a request that Senator Hoylman made to SantaCon organizers last month to work with local Community Boards and the New York City Police Department to identify ways the event can significantly mitigate its impact on the communities it visits. Despite assurances from SantaCon organizers that they would work with the NYPD, no details have been made public.

“For hundreds of years merry-making in taverns, beer halls and bars has been part of the fabric of life in our city, but there’s nothing merry about a costumed, abusive crowd wandering the streets spreading mayhem,” said Senator Liz Krueger. “If SantaCon’s organizers want to spread cheer instead of fear in our neighborhoods this holiday season, they’ve got some work to do.”

“’A group of drunks in Santa suits walk into a bar’ might sound like the start of a joke, but there's nothing funny about SantaCon,” said Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, who represents Hell's Kitchen/Clinton. “If the organizers and participating bars can't protect the public, the police and the State Liquor Authority need to act.”

“Our communities have suffered by the actions of participants of SantaCon for too many years. While I appreciate patronage to small, local businesses, this event does so at the expense of public health and safety of participants and community members. A thoughtful, public plan must be established and made available,” said Assembly Member Deborah J. Glick.

“Dress as Santa to go drinking if you must, but you’d BETTER be good, for goodness sake,” said Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh.

“Anytime we have a large, organized event in New York City, we need to ensure that the NYPD and local communities know what to expect,” said Council Member Dan Garodnick. “We are looking to the organizers to develop a plan that allows the fun to continue while respecting the rest of the community.”

“We have made a list of guiding principles for this year’s SantaCon—and we’re checking it twice. While everyone appreciates holiday cheer, it is important that the organizers and participants respect the surrounding neighborhood and work toward a festive but safe event,” said Council Member Margaret S. Chin.



DroBot said...


17 days away baby. Lets go!

"Follow defined routes"

Good luck getting any bros that will adhere to these "principles"...

Makeout said...

A bunch of heat-ons following a defined route? Respectful drunks? That call is gonna fall on deaf ears. & screens.

Anonymous said...

Here's my question: When every other event of more than five people needs a permit in this city, why do the Santacon organizers get to remain anonymous? On the last post, someone said:

The organizer of this very "New York" doucheshow is a multi-millionaire or billionaire working in Wall Street and living in Greenwich but does not participate and instead commanding and watching the whole shitspectacle from his home from his various monitors and social media accounts. S/he is also donates huge amount of his/her Wall Street loot to various charities under Ray Kelly's names and pays him off, along with Stetzer and other politicians/board members and businessmen.

That's all well and good, but if you know who this person is, WHY DON'T YOU NAME THEM, otherwise you're just another anonymous dink on the Internet like the rest of us.

Who is Santacon?

Anonymous said...

Wait...isn't SantaCon what makes New York "New York"? Why, Raymond "Popeye Face" Kelly said so.


Anonymous said...

I have been going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras for close to twenty years. The police, fire, and sanitation departments work very well together and bring the whole thing off with nary a hitch. NOPD does consulting on these kinds of large scale drunken situations. Perhaps the NYPD should give them a call.

Gojira said...

I would have been happier about this announcement if the pols involved had refrained from throwing in stupid holiday references, and been a bit more harsh in their condemnation.

Anonymous said...

Man, this is complete BS. Susan Stetzer is the one who has the real pulse on this issue. She's the only one who's tuned in on this. /s

Brian Van said...

That's a lot of puns.

One must wonder why everyone is so fixated on the costumes and not entirely on the actual behavior that is irritating. The behavior is definitely abhorrent; the costumes are harmless, but have become symbolic of the type of people that neighbors are complaining about. That symbolism is sort-of accurate considering the number of other Santas walking the streets in December (not many), but when those people are disruptive the other weekends of the year, they're not so easy to pick out.

Anonymous said...

Drunks are famous for following the rules. Have these people ever been around drunken 20 somethings before? If some of these politicians are in fear of offending these Santa Con drinkers don't worry they don't live or vote here anyway. Someone please unleash the dogs!

Anonymous said...

Following a "defined" route seems reasonable since its likely that the bars will cooperate.

Advice from NOPD would help....

Anonymous said...

I think the participants will have no objection to restraining themselves. Many of them will be new to the event, and have no desire to cause problems. The veteran SantoConners will be able to guide them.

Anonymous said...

Is this for real? Why is every paragraph laced with idiotic christmas puns?

Anonymous said...

The anonimnity of mobs and costumes allows people to act out. The whole event depends on doing something naughty, to be anti-santa for effect, then requires you trash the town. They are building a problem.

Giovanni said...

Hide the children: SantaCon 2013 to kick off near Tompkins Square Park. According to the Daily News:

"Sources said this year's SantaCon will kick off around Tompkins Square Park and wend its way through the East Village and the Lower East Side before jumping over to Brooklyn."

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/santacon-organizers-work-pols-police-article-1.1537609#ixzz2mZfjpCRo

Local politicians like Brad Hoylman have worked out an agreement with the organizers to agree on a published route, and will even have 80 helper elves to keep all the drunks from straying. That route takes them through the heart of the East Village, since apparently no one thinks a little extra vomit and urine in the streets will make any difference.

Prediction: the name this neighborhood will officially be changed to The East Pillage once this forced march through public intoxication and lewdness descends on the place we used to proudly call home.

This will end in beers