Cergol, Lupinacci resolution will bring government closer to the people
Huntington residents unable to make it to Town Hall for board meetings will soon be able to view the meetings in real time, as the result of a resolution approved by the Town Board at its January 23 meeting.
Sponsored by Councilwoman Joan Cergol and co-sponsored by Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, the resolution calls for live broadcasts of Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings on the Town’s government access television channels and live streaming of the meetings on the Town’s website. This will allow anyone with Internet connection to watch the meetings in real time on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smart phones, as well as on Optimum Channel 18 or FiOS Channel 38.
“These live broadcasts, which community members have asked for, will enhance our transparency with the public,” Councilwoman Cergol said. “It is simply good government, at no additional cost to the taxpayers, and will help bring government closer to the people.”
“Live broadcast/streaming offers residents immediate access to town board debates and actions, even if work, health or transportation issues keep them from the meetings,” Supervisor Lupinacci said. “It will also drive more residents to our website, offering increased opportunities to learn about town services.”
For several years, the Town has recorded Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings and broadcast them on subsequent dates on the television channels. Videos of the meetings, indexed to agenda items, are usually posted on the Town’s website a day or two after the meetings. The indexed videos will continue to be posted on the website as soon after the meeting as possible.