We reached out to Assemblyman Joe Lentol’s office and received an official response regarding Community Board 1′s vote to ban the Williamsburg Waterfront Concert series. It appears there are cooler heads giving thought to the situation as a whole, taking into account the needs of residents, concert-goers and the park itself.
The concert series has become a staple of the Williamsburg summer music scene.
“Because I am in Albany, I was not at Community Board One last night. I’m trying to verify the exact discussion that occurred. However, I believe that there were complaints about the noise and drunkenness of some concert goers afterwards on the neighborhood streets. There were also some requests for information about how much money has been raised and where those funds go.
I believe these are problems that can be discussed and addressed without canceling all the concerts. I am told that there will be more diversity in the types of concerts this year to address the musical tastes of all ages.
The concert series has helped maintain funding for the East River State Park during these tough fiscal times. From the outset of these concerts, everyone has always been concerned about preserving the quality of life for the families living in and around the park. Noise and other nuisances are issues that should be addressed and will be. I am confident that OSA will address these matters expeditiously.”
Let’s hope cooler heads prevail in this matter.