CATSKILL — A Catskill man was charged after police say he disrupted a Greene County Legislature meeting Wednesday.
Scott Myers, 65, was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing, police said.
Myers, a vocal opponent of the new Greene County jail approved in September, was taken into custody by Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Arp around 6:45 p.m. at the Greene County Office Building at 411 Main St., police said.
After the legislators concluded their business for the evening, Myers tried to address the board.
“Mr. Myers felt he should have been heard,” Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger, R-New Baltimore, said.
The legislature has a rule that residents who wish to speak at meetings must contact the legislator that represents their town, prior to the meeting, to be introduced.
“Mr. Myers didn’t do that,” Linger said. “He didn’t like the answer he got.”
The legislators adjourned the meeting, despite Myers’ requests to be heard.
Myers carried on into the hallway, Linger said.
“He took it upon himself to personally attack some of the legislators,” Linger said, adding that he, Greene County Attorney Ed Kaplan, Legislator Charles Martinez, R-Coxsackie, and Legislature Patricia Handel, R-Durham, were targeted.
State penal law defines disorderly conduct as “intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance, or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, in a public place, he uses abusive or obscene language, or makes an obscene gesture.”
Linger was unsure if someone called security.
“Deputy Arp may have just come up because he thought the meeting was almost over,” Linger said.
Arp asked Myers to leave the premises, Linger said.
“He was asked to leave the building and he refused,” Linger said.
Arp’s statement supports Linger’s account of events.
“After being told by Deputy Daniel Arp to leave the facility due to acting in a disorderly manner, [Myers] remained unlawfully,” according to the Arp’s signed statement in the police report.
There was some speculation at the meeting that Myers was intoxicated.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office did not perform a breathalyzer test, Greene County Sheriff’s Lt. Adam Brainard said.
“We would only do that for a DWI stop,” Brainard said. “He went through the normal processing procedure and then was released.”
Brainard declined to comment on whether Myers had any prior convictions.
Myers is scheduled to appear in Catskill Town Court on Jan. 31.