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Columbia County Board of Supervisors to meet online again

Sep 09, 2021 6:00 am

Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Columbia County Board of Supervisors will return to meeting virtually this week. It has been holding in-person meetings since mid-June. “We had done a survey of all the supervisors previous to the executive order being lifted and the majority of the supervisors wanted to continue doing virtual meetings,” county Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell said. The meetings can be viewed live via the supervisors' YouTube channel. Links to the live meetings can be accessed on the upcoming meetings information page at columbiacountyny [dot] com “Meetings are obviously open to the public, anyone can view them on YouTube,” Murell said. “We also make the transcripts of the meetings available from YouTube. And if anybody has any questions regarding an issue that’s brought up in a meeting they can email us and we will answer those questions.” Murell said. But citizens cannot interact with their elected representatives during the meetings, reducing democracy. Gov. Kathy Hochul signed legislation last week to extend virtual access to public meetings under the state’s Open Meeting Law. Murell said the virtual meetings are well-attended by not only committee members but by additional supervisors as well. “We have noticed a better attendance among supervisors [at the virtual meeitngs],” Murell said. How long the board will conduct business online has not yet been decided, Murell said. The governor’s latest order allows virtual meetings to continue until January 15. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

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