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Brand Marketers application to conduct a special event known as "Connecting Haiti to Times Square" in Father Duffy Square on Friday June 18, 2010

WHEREAS, Community Board Five takes its role in the review of applications for Parks Special Events seriously and requests an opportunity to review the application before a permit is granted by the Parks Department Special Permit Office; and

WHEREAS, Brand Marketers has submitted an application for a special event to be conducted in Father Duffy Square on Friday June 18, 2010 and Saturday June 19, 2010, requiring activity in the park for a duration of approximately 48 hours; and

WHEREAS, The proposed event is known as Connecting Haiti to Time Square would provide participants with the opportunity to contact their friends and relatives in Haiti, and would also demonstrate and promote Kylee & FDI Hands Free text messaging technology; and

WHEREAS, Charges for the calls would be donated to a charity benefiting Haitian relief efforts; and

WHEREAS, In theory, the proposed event would bring awareness to the fact that texting while driving is not just unsafe, it can be fatal, and that there are more texting while driving related casualties than there are DWI-related casualties; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five believes that the proposed event would require an excessive duration of time, and would be conducted with a strong intention to market Kylee & FDI Hands Free branded products, providing minor public benefit, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of Brand Marketers application to conduct their Connecting Haiti to Times Square event in Father Duffy Square on Friday June 18, 2010 and Saturday June 19, 2010.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 34 in favor; 1 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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