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The Telegram
  • Herkimer Co. Legislature meetings to be aired once again

  • The Concerned Citizens for a Better Herkimer County have gained access to broadcast county legislature meetings on the Public Access channel once again.

    The group worked with Herkimer County Community College — which currently coordinates the station — in order to restore the meetings being aired, according to a news release.

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  • The Concerned Citizens for a Better Herkimer County have gained access to broadcast county legislature meetings on the Public Access channel once again.
    The group worked with Herkimer County Community College — which currently coordinates the station — in order to restore the meetings being aired, according to a news release.
    The college previously had broadcast the meetings, but stopped in May, due to, what college President Ann Marie Murray said were management issues, as well as a lack of student availability.
    For about 15 years, Murray said, HCCC assigned students to tape the legislature meetings and then air them on Time Warner channel 99. Murray said there have not been as many students available to participate and the faculty has been focusing them in other areas. Without students recording, she said the college would have to hire employees, which would mean spending more money.
    In the meantime, members of the Concerned Citizens continued to tape the meetings and post them on the group’s website, while the county legislature weeded through their options.
    Since late October, the members of the legislature’s Administration and Veterans’ Affairs Committee have been researching the costs of broadcasting the meetings on their own.
    Concerned Citizens Chairman Robert Drumm said in the news release the local community can now tune in at 9 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday to watch the proceedings. He added the group also intends to air the committee meetings, “where much of the nitty-gritty is covered.”
    “This expanded coverage will afford our citizens a window to that process,” Drumm said in the release. “We are very excited about this big step forward.”
    Legislator Helen Rose, D - Herkimer, applauded the efforts of the Concerned Citizens.
    “Our citizens should appreciate the tenacity used by this group to gain access to channel 99 via HCCC so more citizens will have access to the workings of county government,” she said.
    While Rose said she appreciates the volunteer efforts of the group, she believes county government should provide the service, value the need for this service and ensure the continuity of the service.
    “Because I believe a commitment to provide access to our meetings is a responsibility of our legislature, I am supporting the installation of adequate recording equipment so county government will be responsible for the recording of all its sessions. This would ensure continued coverage and not leave us vulnerable to a lack of volunteers,” she said. “I believe this is an important service and that it can be accomplished with minimal, if any, additional fiscal impact on the taxpayers.”
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