Artvoice Removed from Rath Building
by Buck Quigley - posted 5:20 pm, November 4, 2011
AV’s wild popularity notwithstanding, the last time such a run on the paper at the county building occurred was when we published a Bruce Fisher article critical of County Executive Chris Collins’s sense of humor—he had compared NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, an orthodox Jew, to Hitler and the Antichrist. The next day, all the papers were gone.
In yesterday’s paper, editor Geoff Kelly published his assessment of Collins’s first term. And again, all the papers have mysteriously disappeared.
Last time, we filed a FOIL request to see the surveillance camera footage for the previous 24 hours from the two cameras that record everything that goes on in the entrance lobby where the papers are left every Thursday. The request was ultimately denied on the grounds that it would compromise the building’s security plan. Today, I called requesting the same access to look at what the cameras recorded. I was told that the FOIL officer, Edward Delaney, wasn’t in today, but I could send a request to his email.
The FOIL law being what it is, we probably won’t have a response to that request for months—and the request may ultimately be denied as the last one was.
If an individual removed all the papers, one can only wonder—why? With an election four days away, could it be that a Collins supporter would have removed any literature that could be seen as critical of the county executive?
I mean, really, it’s not like yesterday’s story accused Collins of being a notorious cheat at golf (although that is the persistent rumor). It really just focused on his record as county executive.
Artvoice is a small business, as are most of the advertisers who make it possible to offer the free alternative weekly to the community. What an anti-business stance it is to throw all those papers in the trash.
Let alone the fact that stealing free newspapers is an affront to free speech. And illegal.
What do you think? Does anybody know what happened to yesterday’s copies of Artvoice that were dropped off at the Rath Building around 2pm and were already gone—according to one informant—before closing time yesterday?