Hatzenbuhler proposes cellphone ban at public meetings

Alderwoman Diane Hatzenbuhler introduced a resolution at last Tuesday’s Common Council meeting that would require both officials and public attendees to turn off their cellphones during public meetings. The police and fire chief would be the only exemptions. Before any discussion proceeded, Alderman Ed Russo made a motion to table the resolution and Mayor Ann Thane asked for a roll call. The council voted to table the measure 4-1 with Hatzenbuhler casting the only no vote. Russo said after the vote that the measure needed to be talked about in a committee meeting first. The issue is scheduled to be discussed at a committee meeting on August 12th.

The text of the resolution reads:

Resolution banning cell phone usage during public meetings

Resolved, effective immediately all cell phones including public officials and the public are required to be turned off during all meetings of the Common Council, except for those of the Police and Fire Chiefs, and further resolved, the Clerk shall post a sign on the door to the Common Council chambers stating such requirement.


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5 Responses to Hatzenbuhler proposes cellphone ban at public meetings

  1. AvatarRob Millan says:

    I can’t help but again think this is directed at the mayor, who Diane has publically accused of using her cellphone during sessions.

    So the fire and police chiefs can keep their phones on (assumingly for emergencies) but the mayor, who is chief executive of the city on-call 24-7, cannot?

  2. AvatarEvil Rob Millan says:

    So what if it is Rob. That is why there are emergency services. Her and everyone sitting at those tables attention should be focused on whats going on at that time in the meeting, not playing on their phones being disrespectful to the people that are speaking. It’s unprofessional. And IF something were to happen they know where to find her.

    • AvatarMohawk Valley Compass says:

      Folks, let’s not get into creating disparaging variations of other people’s usernames, it’s not nice and it creates confusion. Thank you.

    • AvatarRob Millan says:

      Thanks for clarifying, and eloquently at that. In one fell swoop, you have assumed ‘Her [sic] and everyone sitting at those tables’ are playing, which isn’t known since you can’t see that.

      Your comment makes absolutely no sense, and I am now a fool for even giving it a minute to reply.

  3. AvatarBob Stern says:

    So people can look at the newspaper, work papers, their watch, Playboy, their feet, the burger they are eating. .. They just can’t use a cell phone? You can’t legislate people having to listen to repetitive, nonsensical comments no matter how important people think they are