Sends Reporter To "Back Of Bus"
by Stewart S Lilker
The tyranny of the Glacken
Administration again reared its ugly head on February 11, 2002.
Mayor and Pat Murphy, the Villageís publicity director, have
continually tried to isolate and intimidate your reporter and
FreeportNYNews. Despite requests, the Glacken Administration has
refused to fax or e-mail the Villageís press releases to FNYN.
Murphy has gone as far as threatening this reporter with police
action when he came to her office in Village Hall to pick up the
Villageís press releases.
On February 11th, unaware of the
isolationist tactics of the Glackenites against
FNYN, Jim Golding, the reporter from the official newspaper of
the Village, the Leader, sat directly behind your reporter at a
Village Board meeting, engaging in some small talk. Murphy, not
hiding her annoyance, got up from her seat on the other side of
the room, came over to where Golding was sitting and told him
that he might want to consider sitting somewhere else.
Stunned, Golding, long time
village beat reporter and a professional journalist, looked like
he had just seen a ghost, as he picked up his coat, put his pad
under his arm and went to sit in the back of Conference room,
saying to no one in particular, "I canít believe
After Golding moved, your
reporter turned to Murphy and asked, "Why did he
Murphy smiled and said, "I
have no idea."
FNYN checked with Golding today
and asked him about his seating arrangements. Golding said,
"The issue is resolved and they said I can now sit where ever I
(Photo: Reporter Jim Golding,
on left, in almost vacant Village Hall after being advised that
sitting next to your reporter was not such a good idea.)