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Big Mystery About Monday Board Meeting 1/7/19
agenda for Monday’s meeting was released and your Editor has been asked
what is being discussed at the Executive Session. Only the Board and
Village Manager know for certain, but we can make a guess. The Village
Manager states that the purpose is discussion of a real estate matter.
law, Board meetings are public except under very specific
circumstances. Those circumstances are in NY Public Officers Law
7-105(h), and there are 2 prongs which must be met.
(1) The matter must concern “the proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property” and
(2) “publicity would substantially affect the value thereof.”
of the first prong, the matter can’t be the renovation of Gouveia. It
also would probably not involve any lease of the property, since mere
publicity about a lease would not “substantially affect the value” of
It is unlikely to be about a sale of Katz or the Muni
Place land. Any such sale would ultimately require a competitive
process, so public discussion of solicitations to purchase on Monday
would not “substantially affect the value” of those parcels.
is possible that the Board is going to violate the law and discuss
something that is not allowed in Executive Session, but since the
Village Manager is requesting the invocation of the Executive Session
this is unlikely.
By process of elimination, the most obvious
remaining possibility would involve negotiation for the Village to
purchase or lease property somewhere. That would be a permissible
purpose for excluding the public, and it is the most common reason for a
Village Board to invoke this part of the law.
Stay tuned for updates.
The link to the entire agenda is here.
MORE ABOUT THE CONDUCT OF EXECUTIVE SESSIONS here.