Catskill village officials voted in secret against a 'Black Lives Matter' mural on Main Street
Jul 11, 2020 12:03 am
Catskill Village President Vincent Seeley said at the July 8 village meeting that the vote by the Catskill Village Trustees last week to not allow a "Black Lives Matter" mural on Main Street was unanimous, and did not take place in a public meeting. The public did not get to witness the vote, as Seeley said it happened through email. Others brought up the matter again at the meeting, questioning the town's explanation that some things national "Black Lives Matter" movement officials have said have been, "causing more of a divide than ever before. Some of the statements of this organization are not in line to how our community feels as a whole," according to the statement the village released June 30 announcing the vote, Then Joseph Izzo, a member of the Catskill Town Planning Board, asked to be put on the agenda of the July 22 village meeting with a request to paint "All Lives Matter" on Main Street in Catskill. On July 10 Quintin Cross from the Hudson/Catskill Housing Coalition, the group requesting the mural, spoke on WGXC about the vote. CLICK HERE TO PLAY A BRIEF EXCERPT OF THE INTERVIEW WITH CROSS. WGXC also asked Tom DePietro, the Hudson Common Council president, if governments in New York are allowed to vote by email without a public meeting. CLICK HERE TO HEAR A BRIEF EXCERPT OF DEPIETRO INTERVIEW. The Village of Catskill has its next meeting at 7 p.m. July 22, with the town debating an "All Lives Matter" mural for Main Street, and more discussion about the "Black Lives Matter" mural. WGXC will broadcast the meeting live on 90.7-FM.