Clarkson urges IDA webcast

Supervisor says move would promote disclosure and productivity

— Earlier this year, IDA members decided to place more focus on attracting residents to public hearings in order to better gauge public perception on future projects. Those public hearings have been webcast, and the time has been changed to Wednesday nights prior to Town Board meetings instead of at the early morning IDA board meetings.

Because the times have been changed for IDA public hearings, some members wanted to know if the times for all meetings would need to be changed if they opted to use the webcast system.

Clarkson said he did not believe that would be necessary since no one is ever scheduled to use the town’s main meeting room so early in the morning.

Connolly said he felt the IDA’s website is much easier to use than the town’s website, and he doesn’t know if the town’s website is compatible with the agency’s needs.

“We need to feel comfortable with its capabilities,” he said.

IDA Chairman Frank Venezia said since the town is working to build its new website, it might be more helpful to hold off webcasting until the new site goes online. He said IDA members would like to sit down with the town’s Management of Information Services director to discuss the capabilities of the new site.

Members also wanted to know if the IDA could keep its own website, or if it would be expected to then be housed on the town’s website. Clarkson said it might make more sense to be hosted by the town.

“I wouldn’t expect the move to be difficult, even given the amount of information you have,” said Clarkson.

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