Monday, 08 June 2009 10:37
It’s been three months since the Village of Mineola Board of Trustees decided to take the public meetings off the air. The mayor avers that for as many complaints as he has gotten about the meetings not being televised, he has received as many positive comments. I don’t answer his phone so I don’t know if that is true or not, but I do know that three months is way too long. While these men sit and ruminate - if they are indeed giving it any thought whatsoever - the taxpayers of the village who are unable to attend the meetings grow increasingly frustrated. So I’ll do it.
I will record the meetings and arrange with Cablevision to have them broadcast on one of the public access channels. If it really gets as far as me having to do this, then people can just record on their own VHS or DVR.
Quite honestly, this isn’t something I really want to spend my time doing, but I’m willing to offer it up for the souls in Purgatory as my Irish grandmother would tell me to do. After all, the meetings were pulled because I had the chutzpah to question the ethics and the propriety of the relationship between our building superintendent and someone who works in his department. And let’s not kid each other. The meetings weren’t taken off the air because some people talk too much. It was done because certain behaviors are not acceptable when one works for a municipality, and when the mayor of the municipality is approached by several of his constituents and he ignores them, then denies he was ever spoken to on the matter, well, while that does make for good TV, it doesn’t bode well for one’s political aspirations if too many folks out there find out. Better to pull the plug.
So I’ll do it. I’ll take the blame, and I’ll take to the task at hand. You’ll get to see your meetings one way or the other, unedited for boring speeches or shouting matches. You won’t get to see them as fast as when they were broadcast on Channel 18, but you’ll see them.