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NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 29 October 2008 Hearing on Web Publication of Meeti

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 29 October 2008 Hearing on Web Publication of Meetings of the New York City Council
Date: 28 Oct 2008 13:50:18 -0400

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 Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2008 18:29:52 -0400
 From: "Malhotra, Kunal" <>

 Dear Friends,

 The following is an upcoming hearing of the New York City Council
 Technology in Government Committee that might be of interest to you.

 Tech Committee Holds Webcasting Hearing

 Council Plans to Expand Digital Live and VOD

 City Hall - On Wednesday, October 29, 2008, Council Member Gale A.
 Brewer (D-Manhattan), Chair of the Technology in Government Committee,
 will hold a hearing regarding Introduction 533-A which amends the City
 Charter to require that all public meetings be webcast.   

 Council Member Brewer has been examining the benefits of webcasting
 since 2006, but efforts to require the City to move forward with
 webcasting of public meetings gathered new attention after former
 Governor Spitzer issued his Executive Order 3 in 2007, "Promotion of
 Public Access to Government Decisionmaking." The Executive Order
 requires all state agencies and authorities to webcast their public

 Nearly six years ago, the Council developed a pilot program to stream
 and archive stated Council meetings with the goal of creating a more
 open, efficient, and effective government. Currently, one can only view
 Council proceedings through NYC-TV's Channel 74 (Council 51).  While
 Channel 74 covers certain City Council hearings and meetings, it does
 not offer the flexibility and accessibility that web enabled 'on demand'
 video would provide.

 Intro 533-A has been revisited to analyze the benefits of webcasting and
 archiving Council meetings in order for New York City residents and all
 other interested parties to watch the proceedings.  Intro 533-A requires
 all New York City Council committee hearings, stated meetings, and
 public meetings of city agencies and their committees to be broadcast
 digitally on the web.  Furthermore, the broadcasts shall be archived and
 made accessible to the public on the city's website for not less than
 one year from the date of the original broadcast.

 The Council Technology in Government Committee will hold the hearing
 regarding webcasting on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 10 AM in the 14th
 Floor Hearing Room of 250 Broadway, New York.  This is a public meeting
 and all are welcome to attend.  

 For further information or to sign up to speak, contact Kunal Malhotra,
 Director of Budget and Legislation, at (212) 788-6975 or 




 Kunal Malhotra

 Director of Legislation & Budget

 Office of Council Member Gale A. Brewer

 250 Broadway, Room 1744

 New York, NY 10007

 Office: (212) 788-6975

 Cell: (347) 461-4329

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