The Feiner Report
GREENBURGH, NY — March 7, 2020 — As Supervisor of the Town of Greenburgh, I want to know if Greenburgh’s Town Board, Planning Board, and Zoning Board members will be permitted to cast their vote by Skype if they are sick and if the meetings are televised live. Toward that end, I am asking the NYS Committee on Open Government for an opinion on whether lawmakers vote, when cast by Skype, will be counted valid? And further, can the Town also use video testimony of citizens as part of the record of public hearings?
The coronavirus highlights the dangers to citizens, lawmakers and staff of having sick lawmakers participate in the deliberations; and contaminating everyone. There is a possibility that in the coming months some lawmakers may get sick but feel good enough to participate by video. Allowing lawmakers to participate via the use of video technology will enable lawmakers to vote without getting others sick.