Ulster officials say 'no' to public meetings on public-access TV
William J. Kemble is reporting for the Daily Freeman the Ulster Town Board has rejected a request to pay $5,000 for town meetings to be broadcast on Spectrum public-access TV. Board member Rocco Secreto said the town is better able to get municipal content to the public by way of online services, such as Facebook. “There’s too many social media places where we can get the word out,” he said of not needing to use the Kingston Local Public Access channel on Spectrum cable. Board member John Morrow noted that airing local content on the Spectrum channel would not reach all Ulster residents because some do not use Spectrum as their television provider. During the COVID-19 pandemic, town officials have been streaming public meetings live on Facebook, using the Zoom platform to allow for public participation. The request for the town of Ulster to sign a public-access deal came from Clark Richters, a producer of local content for Spectrum's Kingston-area Channel 23. Richters said Ulster residents who pay a Spectrum TV franchise fee should be able to see their town's meetings on TV. Franchise fees are collected with customers' bills and the funds are then sent to communities. The town of Ulster expects to receive $260,000 from Spectrum this year. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.