WHAT MARTY GOLDEN ACTUALLY SAID WAS --- “I’M GOING TO ASK YOU TO LEAVE, THIS IS A PRIVATE MEETING. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE HERE....”
THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT STATE SENATOR MARTY GOLDEN WAS ON A SIDEWALK NEAR KINGS PLAZA WHEN HE SAID IT
It wasn’t just neighbors and other mere members for the local citizenry that were barred from the meeting. Golden also waived away a Brooklyn Life reporter from Courier Life with this: “I’m going to ask you to leave, this is a private meeting. You’re not allowed to be here….” He said that while he stood on the sidewalk outside of Kings Plaza.
The rump meeting apparently had been put together by Golden or somebody on his staff; and it included representatives from the 63rd Precinct, Department of Transportation, Mayor’s Office, and the Taxi and Limousine Commission, as well as freshman Assemblywoman Jaime Williams (D–Marine Park).
However, according to Julianne Cuba’s reporting --- “… [T]he senator did not invite other local leaders, according to Councilman Alan Maisel (D–Marine Park)...." Also Ms. Cuba noted that a source in Assemblywoman Williams’ office told the Courier Life reporter that Assemblywoman Williams asked to come to Golden's meeting only after the Department of Transportation called her about the meeting.
DID STATE SENATOR GOLDEN VIOLATE THE LAW [AGAIN] IN CALLING A RUMP MEETING --- AND EXCLUDING OTHERS WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE
Some legal eagles think that the State Senator might have violated the Open Meetings Law by gathering public officials, ostensibly to conduct public business without announcing the meeting and making it open to the public. In addition, there would necessarily be required record keeping.