Niskayuna signs with Open Stage Media

"I want to compliment you, Mr. Supervisor and Councilwoman McGraw, for taking the approach to negotiate with Open Stage Media and Proctors," said Barber. "On the town level, it is very important that we act as a community. Proctors has made great strides through Open Stage Media in already implementing three stations with the support of the town and other municipalities, I think we are looking at a bright feature."

Barber also touted Proctors' investment into new equipment and providing more resources to residents.

"Proctors has made significant investments into new equipment without really any significant funding or transfer of funds. Many people have the conception that all the money from the sale of [the SACC-TV] building went to Proctors or Open Stage Media. That did not happen. The old SACC Incorporated is still holding about $100,000 in funds that's in question as to what the utilization of that money will be and what will be the worth of their existence and how will they use it," said Barber.

One resident, Lorene Zabin, said she didn't support the decision and questions paying additional money to OSM for public access.

"I think Niskayuna and Glenville have been held hostage," said Zabin. "I think you have to really think about any additional contributions."

Glenville has yet to make a commitment to Open Stage Media for public access programming because of ongoing franchise negotiations with Time Warner Cable.

Zabin said she has a difficult time trying to view Town Board meetings on television, something Morris addressed earlier by saying representatives from each participating municipality will be on a board to determine the programming of such meetings. This is meant to accomplish fair scheduling times for all on the government access channel.

Before passing the resolution, McGraw, who sponsored the resolution, shared her support for the public access direction to be taken in order to best utilize the channels.

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