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Published: 2013/09/04

New York Mayor Bloomberg Defends Electric Zoo Founder

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg publicly defended the Electric Zoo festival’s founder in a press conference yesterday. As previously reported, the final day of the annual electronic music festival was cancelled on Sunday after two drug-related fatalities. Several other fans were hospitalized.

According to the local news source DNAinfo Bloomberg says, “We’ve been working with this promoter, organizer, for the past five years and they have a stellar record. I can tell you that when we brought it to their attention, we didn’t need to — they knew they had to put in as good procedures as we could think of and have been nothing but cooperative, and I have nothing but good things to say about them. The bottom line here is that you see people here who are doing drugs that shouldn’t be doing drugs and you see the fatal consequences.”

Since Electric Zoo takes place on Randall’s Island, a city park, he went on to say, “The city will have to take a look at every concert to see if the concert can be run safely.”

Electric Zoo has started to issue refunds to fans who had tickets to Sunday’s festivities or multi-day tickets that included Sunday admission.

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