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Scrauth Forcucci's lawyer files papers to open hearings

HAMBURG — Margaret Murphy, attorney for Hamburg School Board Member Catherine Schrauth Forcucci filed papers with the New York State Supreme Court to request a temporary restraining order and injunction to open the Hamburg School Board disciplinary hearings to the public.

Schrauth Forcucci has been charged with misconduct for berating and criticizing Hamburg school officials, disrespecting the board president and violating board policy and its code of conduct. The board's attorney has said the board is following the Open Meetings Law section which allows a board to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters and the removal of an individual from a position. She has repeatedly asked that the hearings be made public.

Murphy responded that a closed hearing violates her client's first amendment rights and as such, the Open Meetings Law does not apply, citing two cases to that effect.

The hearings will resume tonight at 6:30 p.m., as well as at 6 p.m. on Friday, Wednesday and June 13 and 25.

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