By Andrea Peirce

A meeting this week at Community Board 7 included a debate over a liquor license and a proposal by one community member to start a book fair.

The meeting opened with remarks from New York State Senator Brad Holyman and included numerous one-minute updates from community members and elected officials.

Holyman briefed the group on recently approved legislation of relevance to the Upper West Side, such as an initiative to make all Albany legislators full time employees, and approval of $200 million in additional funding for HIV/AIDS – including funding for a New York City AIDS memorial. He also noted that the Governor Andrew Cuomo signed two of his proposed bills into law. One requires that domestic violence reports be translated into English in a timely fashion, and the other enables nurse practitioners to test for tuberculosis, which has been on the rise.

There will be a Tuesday January 12 DOT meeting regarding Amsterdam Avenue that’s expected to go to vote in February, said Chair Elizabeth Caputo.

Notable among the community and elected official presenters were mention of:

The board discussed and voted on applications for various business licenses and Landmarks Preservation Commission applications.

Tensions ran a bit high upon discussion of the disapproval of an application for a two-year-liquor license on behalf of the Riverside Hotel at 80 Riverside Drive. Business & Consumer Issues Committee Co-Chairperson Michele Parker noted that the application had already been discussed at two charged community meetings, and that local opposition to the proposal was strong. Three neighborhood residents spoke on behalf of multiple local residents in attendance.

Among the numerous other business and preservation applications discussed included consent to operation enclosed cafes, modifications to a penthouse construction, replacement of a restaurant’s windows with aluminum French doors, and the addition of a rear yard addition.

“If you live, work, eat, drink, or play in our district,” added Chairwoman Elizabeth Caputo, please get involved and consider applying for a position on the Community Board. Applications are due January 29th.

You can watch the whole meeting on YouTube.

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    1. Sam Maser says:

      Does anyone know how I can get in touch with the Gary Shapiro mentioned in this article? Thank you.