The New York Post's Brooklyn Blog reported Nov. 17:
Many of the more than 150 people who attended the meeting came to support St. Ann’s, which led some to question why they knew of the meeting yet many media outlets -- including the Post -- did not.Open meetings
...“I felt like this was Atlantic Yards again and Bruce Ratner was stacking a meeting with his union supporters,” said Judi Francis of the watchdog group Brooklyn Bridge Park Defense Fund.
The Post's Rich Calder added:
It is the second time in two weeks that the full media and public were not properly notified, as is required by state and federal law, for what should have been a public meeting at Borough Hall. The earlier illegal meeting involved the Atlantic Yards project in Prospect Heights.At that Atlantic Yards District Service Cabinet meeting, which I covered (and was the only news media rep present), Carlo Scissura, Chief of Staff to the Borough President, and City Council Member Letitia James said that proper notice had been given.
However, state law clearly requires notification to the news media, and that didn't happen.
From State Open Meetings Law, according to the Committee on Open Government:
§104. Public notice.Recording allowed
1. Public notice of the time and place of a meeting scheduled at least one week prior thereto shall be given to the news media and shall be conspicuously posted in one or more designated public locations at least seventy-two hours before such meeting.
2. Public notice of the time and place of every other meeting shall be given, to the extent practicable, to the news media and shall be conspicuously posted in one or more designated public locations at a reasonable time prior thereto.
5. When a public body has the ability to do so, notice of the time and place of a meeting given in accordance with subdivision one or two of this section, shall also be conspicuously posted on the public body's internet website.
State law also allows recording:
1. Any meeting of a public body that is open to the public shall be open to being photographed, broadcast, webcast, or otherwise recorded and/or transmitted by audio or video means. As used herein the term “broadcast” shall also include the transmission of signals by cable.
2. A public body may adopt rules, consistent with recommendations from the committee on open government, reasonably governing the location of equipment and personnel used to photograph, broadcast, webcast, or otherwise record a meeting so as to conduct its proceedings in an orderly manner. Such rules shall be conspicuously posted during meetings and written copies shall be provided upon request to those in attendance.*
* Shall take effect April 1, 2011