Group Launches New Restaurant Association

June 19, 2012 – In The News
Crain's New York Business
The launch of The New York City Hospitality Alliance will provide restaurants, bars and hotels a powerful new voice to represent their interests when it comes to regulatory and legislative issues. The trade group, announced publicly on June 19, 2012, is led by Andrew Rigie, the former executive vice president of the New York State Restaurant Association’s city chapter, and Robert Bookman, co-founder of the New York Nightlife Association, which is being folded into the new group.

The organization’s main focus is lobbying the city to form an office of hospitality affairs, similar to the film and theater industry’s Office of Media and Entertainment. According to Robert Bookman, the organization will advocate a “cultural change” within the Health Department.

The New York City Hospitality Alliance will be working with Carolyn D. Richmond, co-chair of the firm’s Hospitality Practice, for counsel.

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