Villager/Chelsea Now shuts media & public out of Quinn debate

video by Louis Flores

An over-flow crowd formed outside one of NYU's buildings. Because the venue was so small, and only 5 press passes were issued to cover the re-election of the Speaker of the City Council (this, in a city of over 8 million people), there were more interested people who wanted to get in -- but who were turned away by NYU. At least 2 journalists with media credentials, at least one other freelance reporter, and a long line of undecided voters of Hells Kitchen, Chelsea, and the West Village look on in complete helplessness as NYU officials turned them away. (more after the jump)

This is NOT what democracy looks like! After several conversations, candidate for NYC Public Advocate Norman Siegel was able to persuade and influence NYU officials to allow a handicapped man in a wheelchair access to attend the debate. But the 3 other reporters, and the rest of the voters, were turned away.

It took the persuasive skills of Mr. Siegle and the video recording by several citizen reporters for NYU to make room for the handicapped man. In essense, you need on your side a mob with at least one brilliant legal mind to change the minds of closed minded public institutions.