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3 open gov initiatives announced
Release Date: March 09, 2007

3 OPEN GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES PROPOSED

1) TELEVISE TOWN BOARD WORK SESSIONS

2) POST ALL RESOLUTIONS THAT WILL BE VOTED ON BY TOWN BOARD MEMBERS ON WEB SITE

3) POST AGENDAS OF TOWN BOARD WORK SESSIONS ON WEB SITE BY CLOSE OF FRIDAY BEFORE TOWN BOARD WORK SESSION MEETING

I intend to introduce two resolutions before the Town Board on Wednesday evening. These resolutions are designed to help make Greenburgh government more open. It’s your tax dollars that are being spent. You should be given the maximum amount of information regarding decisions that are being made that impact your lives. In response to complaints from residents that copies of resolutions are not readily available to citizens prior to Town Board meetings – I plan to propose a resolution to have all resolutions that appear on the tentative Town Board agenda be posted on the town web site: www.greenburghny.com by the close of business on the day the tentative agenda of the Town Board is released to the public. This will provide residents with the opportunity to review resolutions before they are actually voted on.

In addition – many issues concerning the town are discussed at work sessions of the Town Board every Tuesday afternoon. I am proposing a resolution urging agendas of every work session of the Town Board to be posted on the town web site: www.greenburghny.com by the close of business on the Friday before every Tuesday Town Board work session. This will provide residents with the opportunity to attend portions of the meeting that interest them.

Finally – I will continue to work to have meetings of the Town Board work sessions televised on cable TV. Televising work sessions will provide residents with the chance to observe the give and take that takes place during the less formal Town Board work sessions every Tuesday. I believe that dial democracy should extend to the work sessions – residents should have the opportunity to call in during these work sessions to express their views on important issues concerning the town. I proposed that meetings of work sessions be televised over a year ago – without success. Will try again!

Government should be a partnership between the people and the elected officials.

PAUL FEINER

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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