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During the BPC subcommittee of the CB1 tonight, Chairman Anthony Notaro scolded the group for releasing a CB1 document to a blogger. CB1 member Tom Goodkind admitted to doing it. Notaro explained that documents are not finalized and should not be released.
The problem is much more serious than that. By communicating with one another, or selectively leaking internal documents to the press, the New York Open Meetings laws were violated.
Even more serious of a violation, when a government agency (which CB1 is, since it is created by city government) selectively leaks information to one preferred news source, they are violating the First Amendment freedom of the press rights of the other news outlets left out. The preferential treatment puts other news sources at a disadvantage and sends a chilling effect. It is a similar act as shutting down the press by removing a newsrack, etc. (The BPCA and the CB1 routinely feed scoops to amateur “journalists” in the community who will report favorably on the agencies).
The CB1 seems to have little comprehension of the New York Open Meeting laws and of how proper board meetings are to be run. Recall, during the Pier A liquor license resolution vote, the CB1 also communicated in private with one another to plan and predetermine the outcome of the vote during the subsequent public meeting. That seems to have violated the state law.