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Councilman Jumaane Williams says party promoters need to check in with NYPD

Bill would require house party planners to notify police

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A push to require house-party planners to notify the police in advance of ragers has ruffled the feathers of Brooklynites who say they will fight for their right to party.

Councilman Jumaane Williams (D–Flatbush) said he will introduce a bill that would make it mandatory for people planning parties of more than 40 people to alert the police ahead of the event.

But pro-party people say such a law would clamp down on their right to get down.

“That’s hideous,” said Larisa Fuchs of event promotion company Gemini & Scorpio. “The idea that you would have to check in with mom and dad at the NYPD is ridiculous.”

Fuchs, whose company throws parties in a variety of sizes, from large bashes in warehouses to small events in residential lofts, added that such alaw would give the police department the right to overstep its bounds.

“It creates another excuse for the NYPD to shut down parties that they feel like shutting down,” said Fuchs.

Williams came up with the idea after a gunman who was angry that he had been denied entry to a house party in East Flatbush shot eight people last week.

That party was one of several organized by a promoter who advertised the party with street fliers and social media, charged a cover, and sold liquor, something Williams said was illegal to begin with.

“They are already violating cabaret and liquor laws,” said Williams. “You have to make sure these promoters aren’t putting people in danger.”

Williams said he is aware that the legislation will have to be carefully worded to avoid making it too difficult to throw house parties. He said he is willing to entertain suggestions.

“I want to make sure we separate out the house clubs from the normal house party where people come to socialize and drink and enjoy music,” said Williams.

But, in Brooklyn, it’s a thin line between a house party and themed parties where guests pay a donation to enter.

“This makes it difficult for everybody and will not solve the actual issue at hand,” said Fuchs.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.

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Reasonable discourse

RG from Greenpoint says:
Who cares that eight people got shot, we wanna party....wah
July 12, 2013, 9:24 am
ty from pps says:
So.... It's already illegal and these laws aren't being enforced, so let's write an even more complicated law that can't be and won't be enforced??!

Uggh.
July 12, 2013, 12:50 pm
Jay from nyc says:
if the police would enforce noise laws when people call to complain about these kinds of things that would probably solve a lot of problems, but the police don't seem to like to deal with any crime unless its a felony. Its the same reason why they don't enforce traffic laws.
July 12, 2013, 6:42 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
I'm glad to see every other problem is solved and the Councilman thinks this inflicted exclusively on the citizens of Brooklyn and nowhere else is a good idea.
July 12, 2013, 11:47 pm
The Chooch from your ghetto says:
Exactly, Jay. Enforce noise laws, loitering, and traffic laws in the neighborhoods, and you wouldn't need a "bill" that effectively allows the cops to butt in on individual liberties BEFORE any rule has been broken!
July 13, 2013, 12:59 pm
Betty from BK says:
If comrade Williams wants this kind Of control, he should move to Soviet Russia.

Also, his first name is not a real name, just some sounds.
July 14, 2013, 10:22 am
Larissa from Ft. Greene says:
Aren't any of you ashamed of how stupid you sound? Or at least embarrassed?
July 15, 2013, 12:39 pm
the Chooch from your ghetto says:
Larissa from Ft. Green.

"Enforce noise laws, loitering, and traffic laws in the neighborhoods, and you wouldn't need a "bill" that effectively allows the cops to butt in on individual liberties BEFORE any rule has been broken!"

That's what I said. How is this shameful, stupid, or embarassing? Please elaborate.
July 17, 2013, 1:45 pm

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