Critics attacked the authority’s process for selecting a site, saying it should have involved community input from the beginning — well before a contract was signed.
Some speakers argued that since the overcrowding in Bayside was partly caused by students traveling from other parts of the city, new schools should be opened in those areas instead.
Several speakers directed their fury at Paul A. Vallone, the councilman who represents Bayside. Opponents of the proposal have complained that he has not taken a sufficiently aggressive stand against the project. His position on the matter could influence the rest of the Council, they contend.
“Can a council member be impeached or recalled?” one speaker asked, provoking a chorus of cheers and whoops.
At the conclusion of the two-hour meeting, the community board overwhelmingly rejected the proposal, with only one member voting for it.
On Monday, Mr. Vallone issued a statement saying that as a result of the vote, he would “stand in opposition to this site, despite the community board’s repeated requests for a specialized high school in the district for nearly a decade.”
A representative from the Construction Authority, however, said the city would nonetheless press forward with its plan for the new high school.