Niagara Gazette

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March 31, 2013

Council majority relents on meeting time change

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Niagara Gazette — Robert J. Freeman, executive director of the state’s Committee On Open Government, said that as the meeting times stand now, the are not in compliance with that law.

“To my mind there must be a specific time and place set, not a range of what could be hours,” he said.

Fruscione said he was unaware of any possible issues with the open meeting law and that the new resolution was a result of concerns raised by members of the public and fellow council members, not any statements from Freeman.

“The people made some statements,” he said. “I took notes and I made my amendments.”

Council members Kristen Grandinetti and Charles Walker tried to amend the measure to allow for a public hearing before the time change was implemented, but the amendment was defeated with Fruscione, Council Chairman Glenn Choolokian and Councilman Robert Anderson Jr. voting no to his motion.

Fruscione, Choolokian and Anderson also voted to pass the measure with Grandinetti and Walker voting no. Loud applause from the public followed both no votes.

Before voting no, Walker restated he believed the council should hold a public hearing to allow for public comment on the meeting times before passing the measure.

“I still support that hearing,” Walker said. “Especially after hearing from the public tonight because that’s who we actually work for.”

mug of Fruscione, Sam Sam Fruscione Clearing things up

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