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Coming Soon to a TV Near You: Town Board Meetings?

The town of Huntington will vote on a resolution tonight that will pave the way for board meetings to be filmed and broadcast.

Too tired or too busy to attend the Town of Huntington's board meetings? Maybe it's too cold out or your kid has a cold?

Hopefully soon you'll be able to watch the meetings of the town, planning and zoning boards right from the comfort of your own home.       

At the Tuesday, March 9 Huntington Town Board meeting, the board is scheduled to vote on a resolution that would authorize Supervisor Frank Petrone to execute a professional services contract with MCTV—MadChillTV— for a digital television recording system to enable government access cable television video broadcasting.

According to Councilwoman Susan Berland, long a champion of the project, the resolution would authorize the board to work with MCTV's Mike Raspantini—a "kid who is Huntington born and bred. He wants to help us get up and running."

If the board approves the contract, the first task, Berland said, is to finalize the list of equipment they will need to purchase and to make any necessary internal changes to Town Hall. For example, the town has set aside a small space to use as a control room that is on the second floor of the building just above the town's meeting room and hope to carve out a small window that would enable the control room to overlook the boardroom. 

" I want us to do it right, not substandard," she said. "We want the proper quality. We want people to be able to see and hear it properly."

To purchase the startup  equipment, the town would use funds paid to the town by Verizon and Cablevision  as part of the cable companies franchise agreements with the town.


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