Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Politically Motivated Ban At Library Raises Ire

Chair of Nassau County Board of Assessors "Banned" at Franklin Square Public Library; Residents Urged To Show Support For Right To Be Heard

In what is surely the most bizzare move thus far in this campaign season, the Trustees of the Franklin Square Public Library have "uninvited" the Chair of the Nassau County Board of Assessors, Harvey Levinson, as a public speaker. Levinson, who is the Democratic candidate for Hempstead Town Supervisor, is scheduled to speak at the Library on the issue of the Reassessment and its ramifications this Thursday, September 15th, at 7 PM.

While official word as to the basis of the Library Board's recission of the invite has not been forthcoming, several reliable sources have informed The Community Alliance that at least one Library Trustee, a Republican Committeeman, objected to Levinson's appearance at and use of the library as "too political."

Most disconcerting in what appears to be a politically motivated ban on the use of a public facility by a public official, is that this same Board had invited Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes, Don Clavin, a Republican, to speak at the Library in August. Mr. Clavin's appearance was not challenged, and he spoke at the Franklin Square Public Library without incident.

Levinson, protesting the Library Board's decision to ban his appearance, advised the Trustees of the Franklin Square Library (in a letter to the Director) that he intends to go forward with the forum on September 15th, as scheduled.

Regardless of Party affiliation or, for that matter, of expressed viewpoint, everyone has the right to be heard in a public forum - and a public facility open to one elected official (who also happens to be a candidate for public office), must be open to all.

Whether or not you agree with what Harvey Levinson - or any guest speaker - has to say, you must defend vigorously his right to say it.

Residents are urged to show their support for Harvey Levinson's right to be heard at the Franklin Square Public Library by coming out to the Library (19 Lincoln Road, Franklin Square) on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 7 PM.

Stand up for the right of freedom of speech. Stand firm in your support of equal access to public facilities. Stare down those who would suppress our freedoms for their own self-benefit and political gain!

9 comments:

  1. Whether I agree or disagree with the Franklin Square Library depends on one question?

    Is this a question and answer forum on just reassesments?

    Or is it going to be a POLITICAL WITCH HUNT against the TOH and Kate Murray like all of the other postings I've seen?

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  2. I was at a recent forum held by Town Receiver of Taxes, Don Clavin. Believe me, he didn't just talk about the Tax Collection and distribution process. In fact, he spoke of many issues over which the Town routinely professes to have no control.

    So what? If we don't like what our elected officials have to say, we can simply walk out of the forum - or better yet, challenge them directly at the Q & A session. If we don't like what our elected officials do, then we can - and should - vote them out of office at the next election.

    Political? What isn't? If being a candidate for office or a public office holder is grounds for banishment from public facilities, then none of our elected officials should be heard from again.

    Come to think of it, maybe a ban isn't such a bad idea after all! LOL

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  3. So, now the Machine is making an assault on Freedom of Speech. Today Franklin Square, tomorrow the entire County. What a surprise!

    This is the very sad state of affairs those of us who work here at the Town of Hempstead have to put up with, day in and day out.

    Democracy you say? Ha. We'll have none of that in Hempstead Town!

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  4. Blah Blah Blah

    Let Levinson speak I know I'll be there for the Q & A

    And the VOICES will definitely be heard on Election Day

    I don't agree with his "Politics" or his ideas.

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  5. I just like to know who or what ncres4change has been watching or hearing? The only one doing all the attacking is the GOP AND kATE. In fact the lies on TV has been more fun than the comedy station. Now the GOP wants to turn things around? What have they been waiting for? Isn`t over 100 years long enough? I say your time is up give someone else a chance.

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  6. And I AM NOT AFRAID TO POST MY NAME THIS IS AMERICA, OR HAS THAT CHANGED?

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  7. OOH I thought it was NAZI GERMANY all over again?

    Your pathetic- What I can't post anything negative about the glorious DEMOCRATIC party?

    Seems that freedom of speech is a constitutional right?

    And if you want LEVINSON in then we'll see who the PEOPLE want on election day

    See what happens then

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  8. isn't 100 years long enough? why do we still have all the same problems? do we wait until we have apartment buildings like queens blvd? i suspect you must rent out basement apartments therefore you would like to see kate and the gop re elected. do you know why we have so many drug dealers here in elmont? it is because of the illegal apartments and absentee landlords. all of this could have ended years ago with enforcement. so sorry and i am a republican but enough is enough.

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  9. Good I'm glad your sick of it.

    If you want things to change start in your own backyard, when was the last time you reported these drug dealers to the NCPD?

    So I guess Harvey Levinson will personally come out to Elmont and evict & convict all of the Drug Dealers & Absentee Landlords???

    Give me a break look at his past!

    He has been doing nothing except jumping from job to job increasing his salary and changing his resume.

    Has he made any MAJOR POSITIVE changes in any of his previous careers????

    And by the way And I AM NOT AFRAID TO POST MY NAME EITHER IT'S JOHN Q. PUBLIC & THIS IS AMERICA WHERE EVERYONE IS GUARANTEED A VOICE NOT A JOB!

    SO YOU BETTER WARN HARVEY THAT HE'S STANDING ON THE TRACKS & THE REPUBLICAN EXPRESS IS GOING TO RUN HIM DOWN!

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