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Rotterdam OKs Open Stage Media contract

Two towns join city in funding public access provider; Glenville support unlikely

— “The next year will bring more and better educational opportunities,” he said.

A Cable Advisory Council is also being formed, with its first meeting planned for early June, Morris said. The two towns, the city and the county would appoint a representative, along with each school district being represented. The council would determine how programming is scheduled for broadcast.

The Niskayuna Town Board on Tuesday, May 29, approved OSM acting as the provider for educational programming. Board members said they hoped to see a more robust educational programming.

“It is nothing but a very brief slide show right now with writing on it,” Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry said. “This should provide a lot of programming … we feel that the studio at the high school … this will give them the opportunity to do something with those productions.”

Niskayuna Councilwoman Denise Murphy McGraw said she and Landry met with Rotterdam officials to advocate for the programming.

“We feel so strongly that as many people as possible, as many communities as possible, be a part of this. That makes the content for our community stronger and better,” McGraw said.

Koetzle didn’t completely rule out reaching an agreement with OSM, but said it “would depend on a lot of factors.”

“Currently the way it is constructed it doesn’t make financial sense,” Koetzle said. “I never shut the door on anything and we are always open to creative solution, so it has got to make sense and it has got to be affordable.”

Koetzle said the town hasn’t received any calls from residents concerned about the town not signing with OSM. Morris said there have been “a few” residents that had dropped off videos, but they can’t anymore due to Scotia and Glenville not approving an agreement.

Morris said he is “hopeful” Glenville will approve a contract eventually.

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