A few hours before the town board meeting on Jan. 11 Hope For Hempstead Shelter (HHS) was notified that public comment would not be allowed due to weather. A short while after HHS arrived, the town released a statement saying that public comment would not be permitted due to a security risk.
Residents of the town came to speak publicly on behalf of animals that can’t speak for themselves and for taxpayer rights.
Town of Hempstead spokesman Mike Deery, a Town of Oyster Bay resident, said that public comment was canceled due to a security risk, which is under investigation by the police. The town also banned all signs from being brought into the meeting.
We are calling into question whether there was a legitimate threat or was the town trying to silence the voice of the people? One would think a security risk that involves public safety would prompt other security measures. There were no other apparent security measures in place at the meeting.
If there was a legitimate threat, the people have a right to know what the threat is and what is being done about it besides silencing free speech.
Has the public been denied its rights?
Hope for Hempstead Director