RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Riverhead residents are once again free to voice their displeasure at town board meetings, as long as it’s done politely.
The Riverhead board voted to repeal the anti-boo rule that was approved earlier this month.READ MORE: LIRR Commuters Sound Alarm On Frigid Conditions And Limited Heated Waiting Rooms
In Tuesday’s 4-1 vote to strike the anti-boo rule from the books, the board voted to retain another part of its code. That part prohibits disruptive behavior and disruptive demonstrations.
No explanation was given on how to boo without being disruptive.
Councilman James Wooten said the town supervisor should be able to keep order at a meeting without written rules. He was the lone vote against the boo ban in the first place.READ MORE: Former New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Says He Will Not Run For Governor
In early March, the board voted to approve the rule at meetings saying that the public cannot make distracting sounds like booing or hissing. There is no penalty for those who violate the rule.
Supervisor Sean Walter defended the intent of the anti-booing rule. He said there are similar regulations in towns across New York state.
Please offer your comments below…MORE NEWS: New Film Studio Promises To Bring Jobs, Business To Yonkers
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)