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Cayuga County town holds meeting in private, violating open meeting laws

What happens when a Town Board elects to conduct a budget workshop behind closed doors?

Residents voice their concern.

Despite the session being labeled as a preliminary budget hearing – complete with legal notices to The Auburn Citizen, and full-attendance – Throop Supervisor William Tarby led the charge to hold the session behind closed doors.

The Citizen reports that after residents voiced concerns, and they reached out to Tarby for clarification – he remained certain the the action was legal.

That said, the evidence doesn’t appear to be on their side. State regulations dictate that any sessions – workshops or meetings – need to be conducted in the public eye if there is a quorum.

Despite previous opinions issued by the state Committee on Open Government – which outline that fact – Tarby told The Auburn Citizen that the session was legal.

Check out The Citizen’s full-story here.