Nassau Legislature Joins Long Island Govts in Archiving Meetings Online

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Nassau County Legislature is finally joining the majority of Long Island town-level municipalities that archive video webcasts of their meetings online as well as their Suffolk counterparts in posting transcripts.Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) announced Wednesday that he filed a resolution directing the legislative clerk to post those records after learning that Rockville Center Democratic Club President Henry Boitel had been archiving the records on his website because the county doesn’t make the records proactively available.“It is just irresponsible to point residents to a private party website to get public information,” Abrahams said in a news release. “It is the duty of the legislature to provide access to its own records.”A spokeswoman for Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) said that Gonsalves has ordered the legislature’s clerk to post the videos and transcripts on the county website and that the panel does not need to vote for Abraham’s resolution to make it happen. The records are expected to be online within three days of meetings, although the videos will only be going up moving forward and the transcripts will only go back to 2001, not their full 18-year history.Read More Here: How to Access Government Info on Long Island The public can watch the meetings by logging on to the county website, following the link for the legislature and then clicking on the red link that appears on meeting days—dates that can also be found online. The twice-monthly meetings are often scheduled for Monday afternoons.But, since the videos had not been archived, one of the few ways the public could review meetings—aside from attending in person or recording the webcast—was to file a Freedom of Information Law request for meeting transcripts taken by a stenographer. That could be cost prohibitive for some. At 25 cents per page, a 206-page transcript of the October 2013 legislative budget hearing on public safety cost $51.50, for example. Now, residents who can’t attend or watch the meetings live online won’t have to pay to review how their county representatives are spending their tax dollars.Transcripts of Suffolk’s meetings are on that body’s website dating back more than a decade. The panel also archives its legislative webcasts, as do more than half of the 13 town governments on LI, including North Hempstead, Smithtown, Southold, Brookhaven, Southampton, East Hampton and Huntington.last_img read more

Teen girl accused of threatening to shoot up FL Catholic school

first_imgA 16-year-old girl is accused of threatening to shoot up a Florida Catholic school.Police arrested Anahi Reyes of Altamonte Springs on Wednesday after reportedly threatening a school shooting in a group text message.According to police, the teen is a student at Lyman High School and made the threats via text message on her sister’s phone against students at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School.Tuesday evening, the pair were doing homework together, and Reyes reportedly became annoyed by the constant message alerts on her sister’s phone prompting her to make the threats.Altamonte Springs detectives made contact with Reyes and her parents, who confirmed that she did not have access to any weapons.Reyes was taken into custody and transported to the Seminole County Juvenile Assessment Center for processing.She is being held at the Seminole County Juvenile Assessment Center.Reyes faces a charge of written threats to kill, do bodily injury, or conduct a mass shooting.Detectives determined Reyes did not intend to carry out the threat.However, police say they take all threats seriously.last_img read more