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To the editor:
Residents got a rare glimpse behind the veil worn by Supervisor Michael Grace at Yorktown Board Meeting on Jan. 19. Supervisor Grace demonstrated that he’s not the calm cool and collected man he portrays himself to be.
Observers got a front row seat to see the "real" Grace lose his temper, his self-control as well as his self-esteem during the "courtesy on the floor" segment. Just like a small child who didn't get his way, a visibly irate Grace slammed his gavel, threatened to silence the public, spoke of enemies and abruptly stormed out of the meeting.
What was the reason for the uproar? It appears that a resident disagreed with the newly imposed public comment restrictions and someone in the audience heckled him. It's all on video. Ironically, Grace started the meeting saying that he wanted future meetings to have more civility. Grace must not have read his own memo. Maybe that's why Supervisor Grace prefers to limit public input and conduct official town business in closed-door sessions.
Grace is presently being sued for violation of New York State's Open Government Law. To add insult to injury, Councilman Greg Bernard scolded and belittled the resident who stated that he just wanted his three minutes to voice his opposition to "courtesy on the floor" restrictions. Strangely enough Bernard had nothing to say to the heckler who was an obvious Grace supporter, probably a professional courtesy from one bully to another.
Both Grace and Bernard should be ashamed of themselves.
S. Alejandra Santana
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