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November 18, 2005

Michael Pollock, founder of local news site Ossining.com, recently met with the Village Board of Trustees during a work session held on November 14, 2005 to follow up on his earlier proposal, as reported in Crotonblog’s “Croton: A Village On Demand?”, to provide video streaming and on-demand video archiving services for Croton-on-Hudson Village Board meetings.

Though the board elected to defer their decision until they had more information about user statistics and costs for various lengths of time for the contract, Micheal indicated, “The board seemed excited about the idea because it really adds value to Croton’s website”. Further, he added, “In fact, it’s important to do this because there are a lot of Croton residents who have satellite service and don’t get the public access station offered on cable”.

During his presentation to the board, Mr. Pollock also said that “another big plus (of video streaming) is that people can refer to any meeting just by going to the website and watching the archived meetings”.

On November 18, 2005 10:17 AM, Pat Barua said:

Or maybe they will create a “village meeting access rents law” and charge everyone a fee to view the village meetings — after all, it’s only fair that those who use the service pay for the service — and oh yeah — whether you use it or not, you’re still going to have to pay for it — just like the sewer rents law!

On November 18, 2005 9:42 AM, weewill said:

Videostreaming … yes, yes, yes!

The more information supplied to the residents, the better. This board has not lived up to its campaign promises of open government and I’d bet money they won’t go for this. They’re so close to the vest with things, I wouldn’t be suprised if in an “effort to save money” they stop the tv recordings of the meetings.



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