From the Daily News:
City officials are scrambling to change a law that could have halted free shows by performers like the Beach Boys and Neil Sedaka in Brooklyn.
Opponents sued to stop the concerts - held since 1991 in Asser Levy Park - charging they violate a law that bans amplified sound within 500 feet of houses of worship.
It's part of their battle to stop Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's planned $64 million amphitheater in the park.
Two synagogues across the street from the park complain noise from the concert hall would drown out their services.
But a new bill introduced in the City Council at Mayor Bloomberg's request would temporarily carve out an exception to the rule for band shells, amphitheaters and stadiums if they keep the noise under a certain level.
The new rules would stay in effect for 90 days while the city irons out permanent changes - just long enough for Markowitz' Seaside Summer Concert Series.
"Clearly, the events in Brooklyn show that [the rule] may need to be tweaked. There are concerts all over the city that may now be in danger because of this lawsuit," said Councilman Petee Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), the bill's sponsor.
Actually, no there's not. Just concerts where no one followed the rules for permits.
Opponents blasted the move. "It's a clear end run around the existing law," said Norman Siegel, the plaintiffs' lawyer. "It's disappointing that rather than comply, the city is trying to change the law."
Hey Norm, if you don't like the laws as written, don't follow them - make new ones! That's the Bloomberg way. Notice how three 3rd termers are involved in these shenanigans.
Some of Vallone's constituents are calling for his impeachment. Heh.