Boo Ban Lifted; Booing Now OK, But Only If Done Politely

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (March 21, 2013)—The town board in Riverhead, N.Y. has decided it's OK to boo at meetings, but only if it's done politely.

The Riverhead board voted to ban booing earlier this month, but voted 4-1 earlier this week to end the ban.

The board on Long Island retained another part of its code that prohibits disruptive behavior and disruptive demonstrations.

No explanation was given on exactly how to boo without being disruptive.

Councilman James Wooten says the town supervisor should be able to keep order at a meeting without written rules.

Supervisor Sean Walter defended the intent of the anti-booing rule, arguing that there are similar regulations in towns across New York State.


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