North Hempstead Won’t Be Broadcasting Meetings

Town board votes down measure to stream meetings online or broadcast on town channel.

The Town of North Hempstead board voted against having meetings televised on the Town's channel or be streamed live online.

The vote was 4-2 with Councilman Thomas Dwyer not in attendance against televising meetings. Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio, R-Port Washington, who proposed this measure and Councilman Angelo Ferrara, R-New Hyde Park, both voted for televising meetings.

The Town of Brookhaven televises its meetings as does the Village of Mineola. Supervisor Jon Kaiman pointed out that streaming or taping the town meetings might not be as easy as it looks.

"Just because other people don't do it isn't a reason not to do it," DeGiorgio said.

DeGiorgio also added that broadcasting meetings would increase transparency.

Eric Zausner voiced his support for televising meetings during the town board meeting, calling it a "big leap forward."

Councilwoman Viviana Russell, D-Westbury, said before voting against the measure that she reached out to Brookhaven to get more information but didn't hear back from them and voted no based on not having enough information.

R Miller February 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Absolutely ridiculous. There is no reason as why not to unless people want to hide party politics.
Nassau Taxpayer February 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM
liz marx February 21, 2012 at 02:28 PM
They should definitely televise the town meetings and the board of education meetings. How about letting the constituents vote?
David February 21, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Town board is all about hiding things if people find out What is going on there Kaiman will be chased out of office . They pass 50 laws in 30 minutes at each meeting It's all about cover ups and patronage and corruption If you where in Kaimans place you would not want it at all This is proof of corruption , deception, arrogance ,theft In Town of North Hemstead.
Bob February 22, 2012 at 02:35 AM
does anyone need more proof that Town under Kaiman is not transparent ?
Nassau Taxpayer February 22, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Isn't "Vote Dina"'s YES vote on the unneeded senior housing project on the KYC site PROOF that she's part of the problem?
SLJ February 22, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Interesting how the the two Repubs voted for it.
Nassau Taxpayer February 22, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Yes, it's interesting how both Repubs voted for an unneeded senior housing development and Queens-ification on the KYC site.
SLJ February 22, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I was talking about how the two Repubs voted for the televised hearings.
Nassau Taxpayer February 22, 2012 at 07:26 PM
I'm completing the record for you. Yes, it's interesting how both Repubs voted for an unneeded senior housing development and Queens-ification on the KYC site
Port Proud February 22, 2012 at 10:44 PM
This seemingly no brainer shows the uphill battle Dina has as the minority on the Board. She just needs to keep publicizing her opinion, and just about anyone can tell who is right, and who doesn't have a clue.
Nassau Taxpayer February 23, 2012 at 01:03 PM
...and what matters, and who doesn't.
Nassau Taxpayer February 23, 2012 at 01:05 PM
The grandstanders in search of their McLuhan-esque 15 minutes of fame will be "the usual suspects", but that's worth the short term pain.
fred February 23, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Nassau you make no sense. How can Dina voting Yes be part of the problem? What happened to the Dems who voted for this? Are they part of the problem? Didn't you support them? Can't have it both ways!!!!
Nassau Taxpayer February 23, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Catch up and get a clue, Fred. "Yes, it's interesting how both Repubs voted for an unneeded senior housing development and Queens-ification on the KYC site."
fred February 23, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Nassau I am questioning your "Dina is part of the problem" comment. Why don't you say the people you supported don't have a clue either? Of course then why would you support them? Please answer that not the validity of the housing!!!
Nassau Taxpayer February 23, 2012 at 03:23 PM
fred, what don't you understand about the all-inclusive aspect of the phrase "part of the problem", in so far as blanket approval of proposed senior housing at the KYC site is concerned?
fred February 23, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I understand. You singled out Dina though! Why didn't you criticize Kaiman and the people you supported? Your support makes you part of the problem!!!
Nassau Taxpayer February 23, 2012 at 03:35 PM
You too, apparently. Nothing but a RINO. All talk, and doesn't walk the talk.
fred February 23, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Nassau I am not sure how to walk the talk, but you got me all wrong. I believe money has corrupted both parties to the point they no longer represent the people that elected them so it is no surprise that the senior housing passed! I seek fairness and singling out Dina is wrong!
Nassau Taxpayer February 23, 2012 at 04:21 PM
To be very clear, I'm singling them ALL out on this poor decision.
SLJ February 24, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Nassau-please explain why you think senior housing is not needed.
Nassau Taxpayer February 24, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Why? 1./ There is already a surplus of senior and continuing care community availability. 2./ No reason to limit this location/opportunity to seniors. 3./ "Follow the money."
Joe March 05, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Kaiman is a crook , show us your books, jony boy.
Nassau Taxpayer March 05, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Care to true up your claim with facts? Or will it be <crickets>?
Susan Bloom March 09, 2012 at 09:09 PM
In case you are unaware... the Town's budget is online. You can request any budget information from the Town. Nothing in the budget is private. It's all public information. As far as the meetings being televised... what's the point? The meetings are open to the public and everyone is given the right to speak about every matter at the meetings. It's not closed and everyone gets the opportunity to partake in discussion. Whether they chose to do so or not is up to them. Hearing people complain about government all the time for every little thing is getting old when there is no basis for the complaints. Go to the meetings if you are so interested. Do you want to pay the costs for televising the meetings? Because I sure don't! Guess what... it's not going to be free. The money has to come from somewhere!
Nassau Taxpayer March 09, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Budget is not "books", but that said, little joey has yet to true up his wild and libelous claims and accusations. Perhaps he ought to be given a "time out" or even a red card?
taxpayer March 10, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Kaiman is already wasting our tax dollars on north Hempstead TV . he uses it as his own stupid propaganda organ. he has "press conference" to anounse collection of bottle caps, by the town . at the same time he hides every decision that is important for town residents.
taxpayer March 10, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Allyou have to do is FoIL informations on all the no show jobs he has in the Town all of them to his supporters , and those he wants to keep quite about the rampant corruption in town . people, look things up and you will see.
george December 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM
abolish Town of North Hempstead Now ,we are all paying to support a corrupt government that secretly passes laws , ignors what is in the interest of the people , fights to avoid transparency , pays it's Cronys for no show jobs, goes to court to prevent county from checking it's books , payscfor art failed art centers , pays for failed country clubs, selects dumb spineless Board members who only have the right to say AyE AYE....... has a cop for Building Commissioner who thinks every homeowner is a crook , its building department takes months to review application if it does not lose it , on and on and on...... shame on you Jon Kaiman


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