If a tree falls during a Town Board meeting can the public hear it?

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” This saying comes to mind when thinking about the way our Town Board meetings are being run these days.

At 4 pm on Monday May 4th a Zoom video conference will be held among only our Town Board members, the Town Clerk, and a few support staff which the Supervisor claims is an official Town Board meeting. But one thing normally present at all pre-covid-19 meetings is missing, the public!

However if you read the agenda for this meeting there is still an entry for “Public Expression”.  This is a deceptive practice since it is impossible for the public to live stream and comment at this meeting.

Therefore, either remove “Public Expression”. from the Town Board meeting agenda, or allow the public to access the Zoom meeting. Anything else is hypocritical.

Agenda: http://amherstny.iqm2.com/citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=14&ID=2661&Inline=True

4 Responses to “If a tree falls during a Town Board meeting can the public hear it?”

  1. Money Talks says:

    How appropriate on this “Star Wars Day” (May the 4th be with you) that the Supervisor may have succumb to the DARK SIDE? Do we need to calling him DARTH?


  2. Phil says:

    This is what you get when the stink of Runaway Capitalism trickles down from Washington to local Government.

    Big Money is in control and the Public gets steamrolled.

  3. Peter says:

    Capitalism is one thing. It is the stink of Runaway CRONY CAPITALISM that is corrupt and steamrolls the public. Looks to me like it is time to reexamine who is in charge and change it. We can start at the bottom and what is under our noses.

  4. Peter says:

    What Lydia described, in another comment, is the definition of crony capitalism where weak politicians fall in line. From the unconstitutional meetings to the building on parkland where the public is left in the dark, all to service cronies. For those paying attention, it is hard to tolerate the lengths they are going to to shaft the public.

    Most appalling is using the Covid pandemic to promote Ciminelli projects where, if so important, could go anyplace and leave neighborhoods and remaining green space for the true benefit and welfare of the people.

    The only bright note is the Town gets Westwood as the much touted Central Park gem this summer. Or has that promise collapsed under
    the convenient excuse of Covid-19 also?