continued The state’s Open Meetings Law requires any meeting of a public body where there is a quorum (in this case, three out of the five members present), for the purpose to conduct business to be open to all members of the public. Public notice for such meeting is also to be given one week in advance.
McDonnell, Landry and Councilwoman Denise Murphy McGraw met with a handful of members from the Niskayuna Soccer and Lacrosse clubs who were proponents of the project.
“The committee members that we have been meeting with for years on this issue, as a courtesy we asked … can we get together and just get a cup of coffee?” McDonnell said. “We talked to the members and we said, ‘You know what, I think this is not the right time to move forward,’ so it was a courtesy before we issued a press release … I felt a personal responsibility to tell these people before they read it in the paper.”
McGraw after the May 1 meeting said no decision was made at the gathering over the weekend. She said once Kasper announced support for a permissive referendum the proposal was done “right then and there.”
“There was never another meeting, it was just over,” McGraw said. “I do not support a referendum because the community has been through way too much.”
Landry said he didn’t see “the value” in putting the resolution and bond proposal together for the project because he doesn’t see the resolution receiving support from four board members. Bonding resolutions in the town require a supermajority of four members voting in approval.
“We are just postponing the vote on this pending further discussion and further investigation,” Landry said. “I thought it was better at this time to look at other alternatives and work to improve the proposal … something that was more appealing to more board members.”