WHEREAS, the websites for the Orange, Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk, and Tompkins County Legislatures all have minutes online for their meetings; Sullivan County is on its way to doing this as well, and
WHEREAS, Dutchess County taxpayers deserve to be able to access the minutes for Dutchess County Legislature meetings easily and quickly via the internet, and
WHEREAS, the Dutchess County Legislature should be doing all it can to provide for as much transparency as possible for our county government, and therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the Dutchess County Legislature requests that the Dutchess County Office of Computer Information Systems work with the Dutchess County Legislature to add minutes for County Legislature meetings to the County Legislature's website, and be it further
RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus and Dutchess County Office of Computer Information Systems Commissioner Timothy Mahler.
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[just submitted resolution above to Co. Leg. offices, inspired by report below today on MidHudsonNews.com; email all 25 of us on this at email@example.com to make this happen in 2010, folks!...Joel]
From http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/2010/July/21/SCL_min_web-21Jul10.html ...
Sullivan website to feature minutes of meetings
MONTICELLO – Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau has directed the County MIS Department to create a webpage on the Sullivan County website (www.co.sullivan.ny.us) dedicated to containing the minutes of the meetings of the Sullivan County Legislature, legislative committees, and the external organizations that receive funds from the county government. The webpage should be operational by August 1.
“In a continuing effort to provide for greater transparency of the Sullivan County Government, the availability of minutes of the legislature and legislative process, as well as, the minutes of the organizations that receive funding from the County of Sullivan, will be placed on a to be constructed page on the County’s website,” said Fanslau.
The information that will be on the page will reflect documents that would otherwise be available under the New York State Freedom of Information Law.
“As a service to the citizenry and general public, it is common sense to provide these documents as part of the county’s website that is accessible via the Internet, as opposed to requiring citizens to file a FOIL request for these documents,” he said.