Peekskill residents angered with council clapping ban

Peekskill residents say they are outraged after learning that officials have banned clapping at City Council meetings. The City Council unanimously voted Sept. 12 to ban clapping at its bimonthly meetings. Mayor Mary Foster (D) says the proposal is part of the city's decorum rule, and that attendees are sometimes kept from talking because of disruptions. "We've had to end meetings because the disruptions just became too unruly," Foster says. However, some residents say clapping is within their rights, and feel their freedoms are being violated. "This is one in a series of laws that they've instituted to keep the public from speaking up against their policies," community activist Darrel Davis says. In January, the City Council also eliminated the public comment session at the beginning of its meetings.

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