On Monday August 4th, one of the strangest Village of Suffern Board Meetings on record took place.
A 3 hour, 56 minute, 10 second marathon session started with a bang as an attorney contracted by the Village of Suffern dresses down a village resident and warns of the possibility of a defamation lawsuit followed up with what a number of residents referred to as inappropriate language.
The public session continued with numerous speakers voicing their opposition to the Blue Lives Matter Rally held in Suffern on July 12th as well as their opposition to a small portion of the blue line having been repainted in front of Suffern Village Hall.
The Village’s usual three minutes per speaker rule was not enforced as both resident and nonresident speakers were given as much time as they need to make their comments.
As the public comment portion came to a close after more than two and a half hours, video of some of the speakers begin to be seen with one person making a heart while others gave thumbs down and extended their middle fingers.
Video of the Zoom meeting streamed on Facebook is below along with time stamps.
4:11–First public comment regarding a FOIL request is made.
23:36–Attorney contracted by the Village of Suffern warns a Village resident not to defame him, threatening the possibility of legal action while using inappropriate language.
25:16–The first Black Lives Matter/Blues Lives Matter comments are made.
2:04:00–Speaker acknowledges Suffern resident and Village Prosecutor Bob Yodowitz for donating his village salary for the last few months back to the village, while being supportive of the Suffern Police Department.
2:23:42–Trustee Paul Girard makes a statement regarding bias.
2:30:00–Trustee Charles Barone makes a statement in support of Black Lives Matter.
2:30:18–Deputy Mayor Steve Alpert reads emails from Black Lives Matter supporters.
2:39:18–Some of those who spoke during the public session begin to make gestures on video including thumbs down and flipping off the Village of Suffern Board.
2:43:30–The regular business in front of the Village Board continues.
2:46:10–Public hearing to amend the code of the Village of Suffern to update procedures for towing and impounding vehicles.
2:52:00–Suffern Police update.
3:24:17–Suffern DPW update
2:56:05–Suffern Culture & Recreation update.
3:18:47–Suffern Fire Department update.
3:31:20—The same attorney contracted by the Village of Suffern who used inappropriate language previously, uses inappropriate language once again this time addressing the entire Village Board.
Posted by Village of Suffern on Monday, August 3, 2020