Peekskill Residents Livid About No Clapping Rule At City Council Meetings

Critics Say They Feel Like They're Being Treated Like Kindergarteners

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. (1010 WINS) — Want to get yourself thrown out of a Peekskill City Council meeting? Start clapping.

After a series of boisterous meetings, Mayor Mary Foster is trying to bring decorum back to the chamber by banning clapping.

“We’ve had to end meetings because the disruptions just became too unruly,” Foster said.

However, critics of the measure spoke with 1010 WINS’ Al Jones and said they felt like they were being treated like kindergarteners.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Reports From Peekskill

“If that was the only incident, it would be very different. But we’ve been receiving that kind of treatment consistently and this is just one little piece of that puzzle,” Jim Adler said.

Adler said the mayor and council are trying to silence anyone who doesn’t agree and he’s not happy about it.

“The bullying and the lack of decorum when she and her leadership in Peekskill treat people with such disrespect,” he said, adding he would continue to attend the bi-monthly meetings and clap.

Tracy Breneman admitted that the meetings have become a bit loud, but doesn’t agree with the rule.

“They institutionalized this no clapping among other things, which is absolutely absurd,” she said.

Mayor Foster argued that the rule is just another attempt to get through meetings with less interruption, but critics in Peekskill were reading the Declaration of Independence in protest.

“You think that a no clapping rule is really going to make these issues go away?” asked community activist Darrel Davis.

The City Council voted unanimously to ban clapping on Sept. 12. In January, the council also eliminated a public comment session at the beginning of meetings.

What do you think about the no clapping rule?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

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  • Daniel S. Toma

    I, for one, applaud this decision!

  • DEF

    They try to silence all who try top defend the Constitution, while they cite the Constitution which gives them the power to silence the dissenters, which in reality are the defenders of the Constitution!!! Connivers subverting the Constitution to validate the usurpation of power over the people, which is not enumerated to them/”The powers that be” by the Constitution!!!!

  • DEF

    Dictation from Dictators!!!!!

  • paul

    The sheeple (YOU) will take it as usual.

  • suibne

    Administrative LAW is the tool by which socialist beaurocrats are systematically destroying freedom in America. Regulations and laws over ride the constitution any time a socialist writes them. They don’t need the permission of the people or the congress. It starts with some small regulation that appears innocuous enough and ends with a cop in your living room. EPA, OSHA, FEMA, FCC, IRS AND NOW THE UN….AND SO MANY MORE. You think you are free? Administrative law, and therefore power, has all settled into the hands of shadow government.

  • Gunny G Alz

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! Democrats stifling freedom of speech and expression in NY! Go figure.

    Just pay your taxes, vote for Obummer, and STFU slaves.

    PS: If YOU voted for Obummer, you deserve what you get.

  • Pete Stein

    I live in Peekskill. The Mayor and her entire team are useless. Control freaks who don’t govern, but instead, look for ways to screw the citizens over. They don’t want clapping because some believe the administration or someone in it to be racist. How true that is I don’t know, but this is all about control and denying citizens their rights.

    • Janu

      The mayor and team are useless for most part. This situation is about control and denying citizen rights – and its Darrell Alinsky Davis who wants recognition and to deny citizens their rights. His circus blocks real citizens (who actually live in Peekskill) with legitimate concerns and not the faux concerns of the white Marxists who live outside the town and find stooges like Davis to rile up racism.

  • Steve Turi

    The Town Council probably wasn’t getting any applause, so they ban it so they won’t look so bad.

  • John McGraw

    Little Hitlers need to be removed from office and run out of town.

  • Jim

    Clapping is for sea lions,use cricket clickers…or bells…even better the african vuudoohuhuluus ,well you know what I is always an alternative..always!

  • SerfCityHereWeCome

    Not allowed to clap for politicians?? ROFL! A little presumptuous? That’s like saying you’re not allowed to think on MSNBC or beat off at a funeral. If I were a member of the Ruling Parasite Class I think I’d be more inclined to institute a no-rock-throwing rule.

  • Janu

    Video of meetings here. Davis basically tells mayor to shut-up and takes over meeting

  • Greg

    So there you have it. a no story with lots of loose ends. Are we dealing with conservitives being disruptive or Democrats being disruptive. what is the make up of the town? who is controlling the meeting? what is his party? more details would be nice.

    • Janu

      You have a Democrat mayor being bullied by far left radicals. The main bully is Davis – he worked security for Al Sharpton in the 90s. He is a radical who was taught Alinksy by the red diaper babies in Croton and Garrison. He has been going to meetings for years and calling names and defaming people – including NYS first black mayor named Richard Jackson. Pataki had to stop him in 90’s when his followers (unemployed usually) were breaking drivers windsheilds at the rallies. He would always threaten riots if he didn’tget his way. GOP would buy him off by getting his kids job with the city (where they wrecked cars etc). Davis agitates kids to hate police and white people. He’s a Van Jones type but less intelligent. its really cowardly pols who make him because they keep trying to get along out of fear.

  • Steve PA

    If they mayor wants to control the citizens, the ones who put her in office I might add, then perhaps she should move to Iran and become mayor of a city there. Oh, wait a minute, she is a woman, so I guess that’s not possible in Iran.

  • Grasshopper Junction

    These people treat their constituants like children and have forgotten that they work for those same people; Any government from Washington to the smallest town is in place to work at the behest of the People.
    If I were the people of Peekskill I would get everyone in the town together at one of the meetings where clapping is prohibited and I would have every one clap at the same time to express their displeasure, lets see if the town has enough jail space for everyone and then the people shouls replace all of these elitists with people that are working for the people not against them.

  • spock

    They should be a little more upset about the Public Comment part being eliminated, this means the mayor and council do not want to hear from their bosses!! The People!!

    How Come Libs do not want to hear from the People!! but yet they say they represent us!!

  • soapboxgod

    I can’t imagine anyone wanting to clap at a Minneapolis city council meeting. They’re screwing us.

  • howard farmer

    Sure sounds like something that ODUMBA would approve of , socialism at it’s best

  • Whateve

    Welcome to AmeriKa, YOU let it happen.

  • Bill

    They banned the public comments portion of the meeting. That says it all. The public schools taught me that the Constitution overrules the petty rules imposed by any American town’s aristocracy. Why not sue these individuals personally and see how the courts rule on this. Since you can indict a ham sandwich, these self-important “hams” can be indicted and taught a valuable civics lesson.

  • Frances Blakely

    [[However, critics of the measure spoke with 1010 WINS’ Al Jones and said they felt like they were being treated like kindergarteners.]]

    Well, are they ACTING like kindergartners?

    [“You think that a no clapping rule is really going to make these issues go away?” asked community activist Darrel Davis.]

    Do you really think it does anything to solve them? Maybe intelligent discourse instead of clapping is a good idea.

  • rjm2238

    I think I would be a little more concerned with the second rule alluded to here, the one from last January:
    The City Council voted unanimously to ban clapping on Sept. 12. In January, the council also eliminated a public comment session at the beginning of meetings.
    Either one of these rules seems somewhat unnecessary, depending upon the size of these meetings and the delays incurred, but taken together they would indicate a rather disturbing trend. It would seem the puppet masters of little Peekskill, NY here do not wish to have your input, outside of yours taxes and of course your vote. Not good, not a good situation at all, it seems there are some very arrogant folks running the show. I think it time to show them the road, as forcefully and as rapidly as possible. Do you folks have recall rules that may be invoked?
    You know what to do people, it should be obvious. If you don’t do it now while you can still remedy the situation with a vote you put yourself in the position of having waited too long for a mere vote to be an effective and seamless remedy. At that point you still have options but you will have raised the stakes drastically, better to just go vote as soon as an election, recall or otherwise may be arraigned.

    Rich in New Mexico.

  • Lydia

    Cleaning up corruption in government needs to take place from the bottom up. Your city council meetings are the place to start. You may be amazed at the level of corruption in your small towns. Mayors like this believe they are king and court, not public servant. It’s time we remind them!

  • dumdips

    The only way we can rule effectively is to silence our constituents and ban their input from our meetings.

    You liberals likee?

  • Barry Soetero

    I’ve never been to Russia, but I’ve been to Peekskill.

  • terry

    Such arrogance, who do these people think they are? they need to be reminded that they work for those that “disrupt” their meetings by clapping, or cheering, or booing. Vote them out at the next election, and see how they like that.

  • driveby_poster

    Council decorum is obviously guaranteed by the 1st Amendment, whereas freedom of expression is not.

    Clapping during a public meeting is like yelling fire in a theater and should be banned outright.

    • Terry

      So citizens are to sit silently whilst councilors go their merry way doing things that said citizens are simply to accept without comment.. Get real.

    • goodlord

      You have that absolutely assbackwards. No wonder this country is going down the toilet. Thanks, libtards!

  • ancientemplar

    …………and the Governor of North Carolina wants to suspend congressional elections; What’s the difference?

    • Tim Crowley

      No he doesn’t. Why do you lie?

      hint: it’s very clear exactly why you lie.

      • Terry

        yes SHE does, and it’s very clear you are an idiot.

      • Timmahdumb

        um it’s a SHE, mouth – and yes she did make that statement. SO why do YOU lie when you don’t even know what he hell you’re talking about?

      • Timmahdumb

        Come on, big bad mouthy liberal! Get in here and defend your lies! You were so bold when you made that first post. Wha happened? Did you discover that stating your feelings as facts will come back and bite you on the …?

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