BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - There is controversy and confusion among members of Buffalo's Common Council.
A notice was sent to all nine council members last week, saying five unnamed council members had requested a 're-organization' meeting be held Tuesday night at Francesca's in South Buffalo.
Sources tell News 4 several council members were planning to vote Tuesday night in favor of making Rich Fontana the new Common Council president. But the media were never notified of this meeting and the public was not invited. Current Council President David Franczyk says that would put this gathering in clear violation of the 'Open Meetings Law.'
"The charter does not allow a meeting like this. The charter says the reorganization meeting takes place in a vote on the first meeting in January. The charter doesn't say the Common Council's supposed to meet at a restaurant and putting out an official meeting notice mentioning that and talking about public business," argued Council President Franczyk.
Councilman Fontana countered, "We tell the press that we are meeting. We are at a public restaurant. We just have a little privacy in a small room. But it's important to discuss personnel matters within the group of a council."
In the end, Franczyk and Fontana shook hands and agreed to reschedule the 're-organization meeting.'
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