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Greenburgh Town Board Limits Town Hall Use After Protests

Greenburgh town supervisor Paul Feiner.
Greenburgh town supervisor Paul Feiner. Photo Credit: File

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Town Board is limiting the use of meeting rooms at Town Hall after demonstrators on Monday decried a WESPAC forum on Israel and the Palestinian territories, accusing the town of allowing anti-Israel hate speech, according to a story on

In reaction to the protest, which was monitored by a large contingent of police, the Town Board on Tuesday approved an interim access policy that restricts use of Town Hall to appointed board, councils, committees and commissions and to groups that had already reserved space through the remainder of the year, said.

Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said Wednesday that the town has always let everybody use Town Hall since the town felt that it was the people's building, and a place for the free exchange of ideas.

Feiner, who was lambasted as being "anti Israel" when he went outside to speak with the protesters Monday, had at one point decided to cancel the event at the urging of Police Chief Christopher McNerney, said.

In the end, the decision to allow the forum was made because the town had never prevented other groups from using Town Hall, said.

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