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Question Of The Day: Televising Public Meetings

Should they be broadcasted?

In February, the  board on the Town's channel or streaming them live online.

Yet the Town's Building Department summit was streamed, as were recent redistricting hearings. Had you tuned in online? Would you do so in the future?

What about school board and village meetings? Would you like to see those broadcast?

Tell us in the comments. 

Craig Baines June 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM
These televised meetings lend themselves to people who go to the meetings just to see themself on TV at a later date. Mineola tried it and it failed in a big way, getting in the way of normal business because simple minded people would hog up lecturn time or just sound off about neighbors. There is a reason cameras are not in most courtrooms and the same applies to Town Board and School District meetings. If you want to be involved get off the couch, that is why it is called particapatory goverment. Additionally politicians use the cameras to further there political futures by playing to the cameras and stop doing the right thing for the taxpayers in the process.
Nassau Taxpayer June 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM
These meetings are perhaps purposely timed to be inconvenient for people who work late or travel. The ability to view a meeting remotely, live or time-shifted via DVR, adds to the transparency of open government. Other towns' experience is irrelavant; this isn't Mineola then, this is North Hempstead now. The courtroom analogy also fails as there is increasingly wide visibility into courtroom procedure.
Joseph Mirzoeff June 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM
The more openness the better. But I don't think many people would watch (very boring compared to say Law and Order), maybe some would record it though, and that would be a good thing. People come to these meetings to socialize and to be part of a community as well as to contribute to the particular issues.
Marty Heyman June 15, 2012 at 12:39 PM
This is a rear-guard fight against transparency. There is no reason the meetings should not be transmitted live and retransmitted on a regular schedule for voters to be able to watch at their convenience. It is the Public's Business, not the Board's ... they do it as our Representatives, not our "nobility".
Nassau Taxpayer June 15, 2012 at 01:09 PM
BINGO
R Miller June 15, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I can't believe this is an issue? What are they trying to hide? Stop debating this and just do it
Richard Brody June 15, 2012 at 02:33 PM
The ONLY reason why this should NOT be done is if there were extensive costs related to the telecast. Size of viewership should not be a factor, or there would be no CSPAN either! Most who has ever attended a TONH meeting have discovered that the public is often excluded from the real discussions, and anything that might add a degree of transparency and enhance responsible government should certainly be used. Whose government is it, anyway?
Craig Baines June 15, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Pontificating politicians and office seekers with a free platform to campaign, not on dime........
Craig Baines June 15, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Pontificating politicians and office seekers with a free platform to campaign, not on my dime........
Dave Franklin June 15, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I am in favor of anything that gets the public more involved in the process. Sadly it would be a one way broadcast without live input from the viewers. I prefer that people attend the meetings to get involved in conversation and voice their opinions.
Port North Resident June 16, 2012 at 06:39 AM
The Nassau County legislature streams all of their meetings over the county website, I see no reason that North Hempstead can't do the same thing. The town board should revisit Councilwoman Degiorgio's proposal, as we the taxpayers have a right to see what our government is doing!
Joe vasques June 16, 2012 at 06:43 PM
just look at Kaiman's record, he thrives in secrecy, he survives by deception ,why would he And his zombi board want to keep the public informed ?

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