CB2 slaps absent staffer with unpaid suspension at secret meeting

CB2 sets secret ‘emergency meeting’ amidst prolonged absences of chairwoman, top staffer
File photo by Vince DiMiceli

His “vacation” is over.

Civic gurus on Community Board 2 slapped the panel’s top staffer — who colleagues claimed was on vacation with no return date during a recent extended absence — with a month-long, unpaid suspension during a closed-door emergency meeting on Wednesday.

The panel voted 29 to 7 to strip District Manager Robert Perris — whose absence since early April was described as “unusual” by one board member — of his taxpayer-funded paycheck for 30 days, according to CB2’s acting chairwoman Irene Janner, who declined to comment further on the secret session.

Perris, who showed up for the clandestine gathering at Brooklyn Hospital after missing a slew of other board meetings and hearings over the past two months, waited outside the room before entering to face the board, telling a cop inside the medical center that he worried he’d soon be out of a job after the officer asked how he was doing.

“People are trying to fire me,” Perris said.

CB2, which oversees 10 neighborhoods including Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown, Fort Greene, and Clinton Hill, invited the public to the session — as mandated by New York State laws for open meetings — but quickly booted all non-board members out of the room minutes after it began to discuss the personnel matters.

And the more than 30 other board members who attended the hush-hush summit left it tight-lipped, with several refusing to say a word about what went down when asked for comment.

Perris did not respond to repeated requests for comment following the meeting.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.