GLEN COVE - The mayor of Glen Cove wants to place a time limit on how long the public can speak at town meetings.

Mayor Reginald Spinello says meetings have become unruly due to sharp exchanges between the public and officials.

He says placing a three-minute time limit on comments will help meetings run more smoothly.

A number of municipalities on Long Island already have time limits.

Opponents say the move is a violation of free speech.