HOLMDEL, NJ (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — After numerous instances of underage drinking violations last year, Amy Handlin, a New Jersey lawmaker is hosting a public forum to give local residents a chance to voice their concerns and make suggestions to the venue's promoter, Live Nation.
To be held on March 18th at 7pm, the forum will be open to the public. In addition to assemblywoman Handlin, Live Nation's Senior VP – New York John Huff will be in attendance as well as PNC GM John Panero, the New Jersey Independent reported.
"The community needs some reassurance going into the 2008 concert season and, I believe, the community has a right to expect everyone with a responsibility at the PNC Bank Arts Center to be extensively looking ahead," Handlin said during a recent interview. "There needs to be a real partnership in place between the operator, Live Nation, and the community. This forum is an opportunity for direct communication. Given what happened last year, this is a good first step."
Handlin's efforts with the forum are likely connected to her legislative efforts to reintroduced a bill to stiffen the penalties for under-aged drinking.
Live Nation has been reticent to comment on its plans to curb underage drinking at the PNC, with Huff telling the Independent that plans were still being developed. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers