You should note that splicing has been an anti-track activist for a long time and his view is at best slanted...
At the meeting in question, Mr. 47% (as we now call Lanza based on his meeting attendance for his part-time job as City Councilman) berated the union workers and told them they had crappy, temporary jobs. Then when a union business agent rose to object he turned away from him at which point the gentleman pulled Lanza by his shoulder closer to him and bent to speak into the microphone so that he could be heard. Lanza took the opportunity to further antagonize the crowd by calling the now-angry business agent "the face of NASCAR" and asked "Do you want 80,000 people like THIS coming here?" Of course, at that point, anti-trackers were yelling in agreement and pro-trackers were yelling in protest.
Another councilman, Mike McMahon, calmed the crowd down and the meeting started to progress again.
Jimmy Oddo, Lanza's political pal from the Republican zone south of the expressway made some stupid comments that some found offensive and further antagonized the crowd. Lanza took to the microphone yet again and continued his sarcastic, anti-union, anti-track remarks. The chairman of the planning committee, Robert Dobruskin, went to him and tried to take the microphone back but Lanza refused to hand it over.
Soon after , the public safety officer in charge went on stage and told the chairman that the meeting was over. Lanza succeeded, facing huge support for the track project, in scuttling the meeting and turning into an "all about me" press conference.
That meeting was held so that the CITIZENS of Staten Island could voice concerns and make statements in support of the track. Not one CITIZEN had a chance to speak thanks to Oddo and Lanza. They sank the meeting before it started and that cannot be repeated often enough.
Both of those goons are a DISGRACE to Staten Island.