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VIDEO: Nov. 13 Patchogue Village Board Meeting

If you couldn't make it to Village Hall Tuesday, watch this video of the full meeting.

The video above of Tuesday's Patchogue Village Board meeting was recorded by Greg Powers, of Citizens Campaign for Open Village Government. 

You can find our story on the discussion of installing parking meters in the Village here: http://patchogue.patch.com/articles/parking-meters-coming-to-patchogue

John Bogack November 17, 2012 at 02:41 PM
History in the making. This youtube video is the first known video of a meeting of the Patchogue Village Board of Trustees. It was flmed by Greg Powers. More than ten years ago Ben Vitale first began advocating that the public see the actual workings of their elected officials. Two years ago this effort was renewed by myself and others. Two months ago Mayor Pontieri vetoed the village paying for this kind of public service on the grounds, the Mayor is free to deny this if he wishes, because "it wasn't worth the cost". After that decision, objected to to by not a single Trustee, a group of private citizens under the banner of the Citizens Campaign for Open Village Government, began to meet to make real what the Mayor failed to back.... videos of the Board meetings that the public could then view. This video and hopefully others to come offers to all interested citizens open access to the Board meetings. It should also help with creating a climate of accountability that can only benefit the administration of any honest administration. I thank Greg for his dedication to this goal. He has made a long sought dream a civic reality despite official indifference.
Judy Pepenella November 17, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Thank you Greg as I have not been able to make ANY meetings due to my work schedule. This is such a great way for citizens, such as myself, have the opportunity to kept in the loop of what is going on.
David Kennedy November 19, 2012 at 03:17 PM
During the past village election I had the opportunity to moderate a few forums where providing improved open government procedures and practices were front and center of the discussions....during these forums every candidate running at the time, including Greg Powers, all agreed that improvement was needed towards a more open village government and would be pursued once elected. Since the election, no new initiative has been pursued by those elected, and in fact since, the one open government initiative they committed to, a policy review committee, was recently abandoned. In contrast, Mr. Powers, after seeing pleas by local residents for televised board meetings rebuffed by the Village Board, joined the Citizen's Campaign for Open Village Government, purchased necessary equipment at his own expense and has made history by providing the very first broadcast of a Village Board Meeting for the public. As a member of CCOVG, I am very grateful to Mr. Powers for his efforts. Not only did he "talk the talk'" he "walked the walk!" Kudos tho Greg Powers! Proof that regardless of resistance, we as residents have the power to get things done.
Joseph Adriano November 19, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Good job Greg Powers. No Kool Aid for him. Now let's see if Godfather Pontieri tries to get him to go to lunch or give him some kind of side work to shut him up. Stay strong Greg...don't kiss the ring....

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