Boo Politely: NY Town Board Approves Booing During Meetings

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 21, 2013 Last Updated: March 23, 2013
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Boo politely: The New York town of Riverhead’s board said one can boo at town meetings—but it has to be done politely.


The town board of Riverhead, N.Y., lifted a ban on booing at its meetings, just a few weeks after a ban was implemented.

Newsday reported Wednesday that one can boo at the Long Island board’s meetings, but it has to be done politely. The board voted 4-1 in favor of the measure on Tuesday.

But the board voted to keep another regulation prohibiting disruptive behavior and demonstrations, the report said.

The board did not describe on how one can actually boo without being disruptive during the meetings.

Supervisor Sean Walter told the paper that the new rules are necessary.

“I won’t let one town resident disrupt another one,” he said. “There are regulations similar to this one in towns across the state.”

“It’s stupid,” Councilman Jim Wooten told Newsday. He voted against the board’s new rules and regulations, and he was the only official to vote against the original provision on March 5.

Earlier this month, Wooten elaborated to CBS New York on why he did not vote in favor of the measure.

“Because I don’t really need somebody or a policy telling me how I should behave in public,” he said.

Wooten said that if you boo or hiss at a meeting, there isn’t a fine or any other kind of penalty.

“That wasn’t really addressed in the legislation. They’ll probably just be told not to do that. It’s against the code,” he added.

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