Agency decides against video taping sessions
Members of the Industrial Development Agency governing board have decided against video taping their sessions.
Members of the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency governing board have decided against video taping their sessions.
The issue was discussed during a meeting Wednesday, with officials noting there has been little interest in either their monthly, morning business meetings or occasional public hearings.
“I say we just kill it altogether simply because public hearings...(are) not very well-attended,” board Chairman Randall Leverette said.
Leverette had previously suggested that regular business meetings could be recorded, but changed his position after finding little support from other board members.
Agency board meetings, which include the related county Capital Resource Corp., which distributes money on behalf of the Industrial Development Agency, are at 8 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.
The meetings typically are not attended by any members of the public unless a topic rises to significant objections, which recently included an application for tax breaks for the Gov. Clinton and Yosman Tower residential buildings.
Leverette noted that public hearings are also generally lightly attended, saying the videos would be a “total waste” of money. He added that people could get information from reading stenographers’ accounts of the sessions.
“We have a stenographer to do the transcripts,” he said. “My intent was sort of to have people see what our deliberations were here at this table. So we’ll just nix it.”
Over the past few years there have been several public hearings that have packed rooms, including sessions for Tannery Brook Real Estate tax breaks for Woodstock Way, 2-4 Kieffer Lane LLC’s request to wave sales taxes for its proposed town of Ulster business, and Wildberry Lodge in New Paltz.