Special Events Committee

Once an application is received and logged, it moves on to the vetting process via the Special Events Committee. The Special Events Committee is a group of representatives from various City departments, including Public Safety, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Emergency Management, and the Port Authority. This group meets every Tuesday morning to review the applications received the previous week, and to continue discussion on any applications that have been held over from the previous week.

The job of this committee is to review each application and determine if the proposed event is viable, make sure the dates and locations requested are available, ensure that proper procedure is being followed, and that any needed City resources are properly allocated and not over-booked.

If necessary, the committee may request that an organizer attend a committee meeting to further discuss their proposed event, and to work one-on-one with department representatives to iron out any needs from the respective departments.

The members of the Special Events Committee are:

Brian Katze Special Events Manager Dept. of Public Safety
John J. Chapman Special Events Coordinator Dept. of Public Safety
Bill Crean Streets Superintendent Dept. of Public Works
Justin Salinetro Operations Manager Dept. of Public Works
Alan Asbury Permits Specialist Dept. of Public Works
Alan Hausman Emergency Management Planner Emergency Management & Homeland Security
Lisa Epps Master Firefighter & Inspector Bureau of Fire
Amera Gilchrist Assistant Chief Emergency Medical Services
Clarence Trapp Commander, SDD Bureau of Police
Chuck Rompala Road Operations Port Authority Transit
Julie Reiland Gov’t & PR Liaison Permits, Licenses, & Inspections
Jonathan Furman Lead Park Ranger Citiparks