Board Votes 4-1 In Favor; Applause Remains Acceptable Form Of Expression

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – You can still boo or hiss at a basketball, baseball, or football game, but if you try it at a Riverhead town board meeting, you could be told it’s against the rules.

The board voted four to one to approve the new rule at meetings saying that the public cannot make distracting sounds like booing or hissing.

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Councilman James Wooten was the one vote against it.

“Because I don’t really need somebody or a policy telling me how I should behave in public,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

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What happens if you boo or hiss at a meeting? Wooten said there really is no penalty. You won’t get a ticket or anything.

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

It’s worth noting that applause is still allowed.

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