Rotterdam Town Board meeting days halved

Board approves moving agenda meetings to same day as regular meetings

— Godlewski said discussions at agenda meetings take on a different form from the regular meeting where the board is addressing a larger audience and being recorded on video.

“The discussions we have at agenda are not quite the same that the public sees here tonight,” Godlewski said.

Godlewski made claims the change would make town government less open, but Buffardi balked at the notion.

“We are not clouding the issue at all here. It is still the same transparent form of government,” Buffardi said.

Buffardi said board members approaching him about making the changed spurred the resolution.

New York State Town Law requires town boards to meet once a month.

Buffardi said the change would create efficiencies in the town and town employees could better use their time instead of spending Monday sitting in the meeting. He said to review the agenda at the meeting only “takes minutes.”

He also wasn’t concerned the switch would make it difficult to make changes to the agenda before the regular meeting.

“We will try it and if it doesn’t work we can change it,” Buffardi said. “We can certainly modify it in the future. If it doesn’t work we can go back to what we had before.”

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