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Kinderhook Town Board condemns a member's social media posts

May 05, 2021 2:45 pm

Natasha Vaughn is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Kinderhook Town Board Mon., May 3, voted to condemn social media posts by one of its own members. In a post to her public Facebook page board member Sally Hogan, last month called on the state to ban the Excelsior Pass, masks and Democrats. In speaking to those who turned up to speak out against her posts, Hogan asked if satire was no longer allowed when questioned, then raised the issue of free speech, and how it should be applied to her personal social media page. “Our job is to serve the people of the town of Kinderhook, all people of the town of Kinderhook,” said fellow board member Deborah Johnson. “Regardless of their race, religion or political affiliation. We are called to serve all people in a reasonable, respectful and professional manner. ....” Johnson called Hogan's statements “childish” and “embarrassing,” adding that she was tired of spending time discussing exchanges made between a town board member and members of the public. The town board passed Johnson's motion to formally condemn Hogan's recent public statements and to make it clear there was no connection between those statements and the town board. The motion characterized Hogan's statements as “unbecoming of an elected official.” The crowd of nearly 50 people erupted with applause after the motion passed. When confronted after the vote, Hogan refused to apologize, citing her First Amendment rights. She went on to say that she knows and loves many Democrats, but she does not like what many of them stand for. No one has called for Hogan's resignation. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.