Albany County Legislature to Broadcast Meetings on the Internet

First test at going ‘live’ is Monday

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ALBANY (May 5, 2016) – The Albany County Legislature will start streaming its monthly meetings online, the latest step taken by its Democratic leadership to increase the public’s access to county government.

Citizens will be able to tune in and watch the legislature conduct public business in real time beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, when lawmakers convene for their May meeting, Majority Leader Frank Commisso announced. The body is the first county legislature in the region to show meetings live.

Over the past few months, the majority leader’s office and the county’s Division of Information Services equipped the Albany County Court chambers with cameras, microphones and other equipment. Video streaming will make it easier for people to follow the legislature’s proceedings. It’s the latest effort to ensure the legislature’s operations are an open book, Commisso said.

“We’re proud of the strides we’re making to embrace technology and modernize the way the Albany County Legislature disseminates information,” Commisso said.

You can now access the webcasts, meeting agendas, lengthy backup information on each resolution being considered by the legislature and its 12 committees, as well as videos of all committee meetings, on the legislature’s website, located at http://www.albanycounty.com/legislature.aspx.

The agenda material is published several days prior to business. Videos of committee meetings are now stored on the website and can be viewed at any time. The website also lists the annual schedule for the legislature and its committees, as well as committee assignments.

“We’re pleased the Albany County Legislature is using cutting-edge technology to better communicate with constituents and keep them informed,” said Sean Ward, chairman of the Albany County Legislature.

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The Albany County Legislature meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the Legislative Chambers of the Albany County Court at 16 Lodge St., Albany. The next meeting is May 9.

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