coalition logo
slogan for new york coalition for open government

Gavel damaged during argument at new have meeting

blog vector art
Gavel damaged during argument at New Haven meeting
NEW HAVEN — Anyone who’s served as an elected official knows that listening to the public during hearings and comment periods is part of the job.
Imagine being so thin skinned and angry that public comments cause you to slam your gavel five times breaking it and shouting at a member of the public speaking at a public hearing.
That’s exactly what New Haven Town Supervisor Dan Barney did at a meeting. Just amazing that it was too much for him to hear criticism regarding transparency concerns. It was too much for him to do his job as an elected official and politely listen to someone’s concerns.
You can see a video of this outrageous behavior by an elected official at

The Author

Paul is the founder of the NY Coalition For Open Government and has truly loved seeing it become what it is today and is excited about its future growth.

As an attorney for 32 years, he is a partner in the law firm of Berzer & Wolf. Prior to his private law practice, Paul served in several government positions with the Buffalo Common Council, Buffalo Housing Authority, and Erie County.

When he is not practicing law and doing open government stuff, Paul enjoys spending time with his spouse, Cheryl, and his three children, Michael, Joseph, and Julia. Paul resides in Amherst, NY, a suburb of Buffalo.

Follow Us

Recent Posts

Follow Us