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Comments on Elimination of Zoom Meetings

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Here is a news segment on News 10 with an interview with Supervisor Scott Horton and an audio clip with Board Member James McMartin Long on the elimination of Zoom meetings.

With the Town Board voting November 4, 2020 to discontinue Zoom meetings, Town Board member James McMartin Long has sent a Notice pursuant to Open Meetings Law and Executive Orders 202.1 and 202.15 to assert his right to participate in Town Board meetings as a Town Board member remotely.

The Town Board on November 10, 2020 voted to partially restart Zoom meetings in the future. For regular meetings, the Zoom public would be allowed to listen but not speak, unlike those persons attending in person. Disallowing the Zoom participants from speaking but not the in-person participants is in violation of New York State Public Officers Law, Article 7, Open Meetings Law, as modified by Executive Orders 202.1 and 202.15 and extended by various Executive Orders including 202.72. (Public Hearings require a virtual meeting option, e.g., Zoom, under the above.)

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