Continuing to make town government more accessible and transparent, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino has announced that the Hempstead Town Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is now displaying a live video stream of its meetings on the Internet. This initiative follows Santino’s broadcast of Hempstead Town Board meetings via live streaming videos.
“I am deeply committed to making government more accessible and transparent,” stated the Supervisor. “Broadcasting live streaming videos of Board of Zoning Appeals meetings online will help residents who are unable to attend these public hearings to keep up to date on zoning matters that may impact their communities and areas across the town.”
The BZA has already had the first live streaming broadcast of its proceedings during its August 17th meeting. All future BZA meetings will be able to be viewed on computers, tablets and mobile devices (enabled with an Internet connection). Those who are interested in viewing the live stream broadcast can visit tohlivestream.com. Additionally, a prominently displayed “slider message” on the town website’s homepage will direct visitors to the streaming video.
I am very excited to be able to bring government directly to our residents,” said Santino. “We are glad to be providing genuine transparency and accountability to the public.”
The town contracted with the vendor Livestream to host and facilitate the video transmission of its Town Board meetings in May of 2016. The annual cost for the service is $2,400. There is no additional cost associated with broadcasting Board of Zoning Appeals’ meetings.
Live video streaming of the Board of Zoning Appeals’ meetings is the latest transparency- enhancing initiative advanced by Santino. In March of 2016, the Supervisor launched Web access to his government’s legal notices, meeting agendas and minutes, and Town Board resolutions can be seen by visiting bit.ly/tohdocs. Santino has also advanced a comprehensive ethics reform package that will be the subject of an upcoming public hearing. The initiative would limit outside income for elected officials, enhance public disclosure requirements and target conflicts of interest.
“Our government is setting the standard when it comes to transparency and enhancing public access for residents,” concluded Santino. “Adding live streaming video of Board of Zoning Appeals meetings is an important part of my ‘open government’ agenda.”