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July 26, 2014
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Claims of lack of notice ill-founded

Marvin Newberg

It should be emphasized that the Town of Callicoon goes further than is required by law to afford citizens a public comment period during town board meetings. The town, at its town board meetings, has two distinct public comment periods, one before the agenda is addressed and one after so that members of the public have a full and fair opportunity to express their concerns or make statements. It is unfortunate that certain members of the public use these public comment periods to make unfounded accusations against the board and board members, but the right of freedom of speech is sacrosanct and that right is respected and revered by the Town of Callicoon board members.

I do recall that at a prior town board meeting earlier this year, similar accusations of violations of law were made by Bruce Ferguson regarding the town board’s proceedings regarding the removal of an unsafe building, the Hessinger Building in Callicoon Center. Those proceedings were challenged in the New York State Supreme Court, and the town board and officials were found, in all respects, to have complied with the law and those allegations of violation of law were determined by the State Supreme Court to be unfounded and without merit.

[Marvin Newberg is town attorney for the Town of Callicoon, NY.]