The Queens Ledge is such a godsend. They actually did a rather fair piece on the happen- ings at last week's CB5 meeting up until the last 2 paragraphs:
For his part, Arcuri said he had been reacting to words that could have been construed the wrong way, upsetting people. But he also said he would not condone personal attacks. "Personal attacks shouldn't be made in a public hearing," he said.
CB5 Treasurer Kathy Masi, meanwhile, supported Arcuri's judgment. "I am very proud to work with a chairman who has the ability to recognize the difference between freedom of speech and blatant defamation and hatred," she said.
Gallagher Out Of Sight, Not Out Of Mind
"Vinny should be commended for protecting CB5 from participating in supporting anyone who would use our public forum as a platform for their own personal agenda," Masi added.
No quotes from the people who yelled "freedom of speech", eh?
Earth to Kathy: The public forum is where people come to promote their own personal agenda, not to recite poetry.
The statements made in the paper by Mr. Arcuri and Ms. Masi are interesting considering that that on April 11, 2007, Councilman Dennis Gallagher appeared at CB5 and handed out his own written personal attack on members of the group fighting to save St. Saviour's Church. Distribution of written info is "done only with the permission of the Board, or of the Chairperson, with the consent of the Board" (Article VI, item I, CB5 rules). That night, apparently Mr. Arcuri lost his fantastic "ability to recognize the difference between freedom of speech and blatant defamation and hatred". Ms. Masi also voiced no objection to the content of that letter. In fact, there was no screaming or beating of tables in protest at that meeting. So, it appears there is a double standard at community board 5. Attacks on constituents by politicians are acceptable, but criticism of elected officials by taxpayers is not.