Well after the scheduled start of the city's Human Relations Commission board meeting, those in the audience were still voicing their opinions on the state of the embattled agency.

There was only one problem: The board members never showed up to listen.

"This shows a lack of respect for the city, for the people," said Stephanie Seaton, the commission's executive director. "It's not only me who's hanging out there for another month. It's the people who need these services."

The commission, which handles discrimination complaints, was to have a monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday. The board's charter allows for 11 members, but currently there are six seated members.

Reached by phone around 7:45 p.m., the commission's vice chair, Ralph Serpe, confirmed there would not be a meeting.

"There doesn't seem to be a quorum," he said.

Serpe said he had "no idea" about future meetings. It was also unclear when or how the meeting was officially canceled, but none of the board members showed up at city council chambers between 6:45 and 8:30.

Manuel Gomez, a Libertarian city council candidate, said the HRC board "continues to perpetuate the idea that the city government is in disarray."

"But this is a new low," he said.

The board placed Seaton, one of two full-time employees, on administrative leave at its November meeting, pending an audit of her old case files. In December, board chair Dolores Abreu resigned her position.

Budget struggles also ensued, with the York City Council eventually restoring some money initially removed in the mayor's 2013 budget.

Still, funding has dropped considerably in recent years.

Aaron Anderson, a Democratic city council candidate, said he came because he heard about the commission's ongoing struggles.

"I've been following it," he said, as audience members drifted out around 8:30 p.m. "I just wanted to get the update."

Leo Cooper, of York, questioned the lack of public notification. Cooper was one of a group at the meeting to show support for Seaton.

"I've got a lot of questions that are not going away," he said.
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