Agency de­cides against video tap­ing ses­sions

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kemble news@free­manon­line.com

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.

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