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OM 17-31 Valley Breeze v. Pawtucket City Council Finance Committee No Violation Found

Complainant alleged that the Committee improperly convened into executive session and failed to post notice for a City Council meeting. We found, consistent with our numerous prior findings, that the Committee's executive session interviews were permissible under R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(1). With respect to the notice allegation, because Complainant provided no indication that the failure to post notice specifically prevented him from attending the meeting, and, instead, stated that he would not have been able to attend the meeting regardless, we found that Complainant had not met his burden under the Graziano standard. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-8(a); see also Graziano v. Rhode Island State Lottery Commission, 810 A.2d 215 (R.I. 2002). As such, we found that Complainant was not an "aggrieved" party and therefore had no standing to allege the OMA violation contained in his complaint. See Curt-Hoard v. Woonsocket School Board, OM 14-20. Therefore, we found no violation.

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