Allegations community board keeps public in the dark about meetings
Photo by Robert LoScalzo
Chairwoman Marta Lebreton held a piece of paper in front of her face when a camera was trained on her at a public meeting on March 14.
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I want to be absolutely clear: CB3 Chairperson Lebreton stated via telephone "There is NOT any meeting" -- patently FALSE information, in view of the fact that the committee meeting was indeed scheduled for several hours later. She did this, only after first refusing to provide any information at all about the committee meeting; and after CB3 staff stated that they are "not allowed to say anything" about the committee meeting that was the topic of enquiry.
Couple that with the lack of required public notice, the refusal during the following week's public hearing to make available to the public and to the press records that were a topic of the pubic hearing, plus the Chronicle's observations about CB3's prior attempts to prevent press access and to insist that CB3's permission must be obtained to record a meeting (it doesn't under the Open Meetings Law), and you have a portrait in dysfunction that needs to be remedied. CB3 members should think long and hard about whether they want to maintain a board Chairperson and District Manager that not only tolerate such dysfunction, but promote it.
A Complaint has been made to Barry Grodenchik in his capacity of Director of Queens Community Boards. Grodenchik is a candidate for Queens Borough President. We will be closely watching how he responds.
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