2013-12-20 / Letters

Public Speaking Is Allowed

Dear Editor:

I would like to correct an error in your lead story of 11/22/13 headlined: “Dull and Duller.” The story was a report of a Community Board Parks Committee meeting on 11/18/13 about the boardwalk reconstruction.

You said “. . . no public speaking is permitted at Community Board committee meetings.”

That is not true.

According to the NYC Charter Sec 2800.h, “At each public meeting, the board shall set aside time to hear from the public.” The next section defines committee meetings as public meetings.

How can the board fulfill its obligation of conducting substantial public outreach if it illegally muzzles the public? Furthermore, why is no one on the Parks Committee or the Community Board making a complaint?

One must ask if someone is trying to illegally silence criticism of the boardwalk reconstruction plan.

Someone should be asking these questions and more importantly, someone should be held accountable for the answers.

VINCE CASTELLANO

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