Weigh in on Live Streaming Public Meetings

Would videotaping public meetings get area residents more involved in government?

Monday is often an important night for public meetings in the Massapequas.

The will meet, as will the .  There are also Town meetings, library meetings, and school board meetings, among others,  that are open to the public. 

For the most part, only a small percentage of the population turns out for these meetings, but an in the city of Long Beach, could get the public more involved.

Last week, they began videotaping and webcasting council meetings so the public can see government in action.

While there have been no discussions to bring such a program to our area, we'd like to know what you think of the idea.  

Will improve citizenship or will it be an unnecessary cost? Take our poll below, and weigh in with your comments.

Ralph Nesberino January 23, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Definitely a positive move. With people wearing three and four hats a day, the commitments become squeezed into microseconds. It would give interested parties the information necessary to make valid decisions, instead of voicing their opinions on matters they know little about. ANY HELP IN EDUCATING THE PUBLIC IS A GOOD THING, AND IT IS ABOUT TIME.
John Rennhack January 23, 2012 at 09:57 PM
When I first ran for county legislature in 2003, open government was a part of my platform. I wanted all meeting recorded and live broadcast on the County website. I'd like to see the same for all other public meetings. Too often the meetings are held when most of the general public cannot attend. The residents deserve to know exactly what is going on and how the decisions are made. Local politicians just love staged photo-ops so they should not mind having proceedings recorded and broadcast. Any public official who does not agree is hiding something.
Ralph Nesberino January 24, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I agree with you John wholeheartedly. I believe the public should have access- it is a right that is long past due. The earth should rattle and the public should be clammering to have this happen. We find out after the fact, days and weeks later on changes that had occurred at a ten minute meeting scheduled during dinner time. We need to have the public attention--- HELLO OUT THERE -- anyone care???????
Ed January 24, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I definitely believe that these meetings should be broadcast to allow more public access to the the government workings. It will allow people to make more knowledgeable decisions at voting time. Too much is done behind closed doors. The cost would probably be very low if done over public access channels.


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