Mayor Bloomberg Signs Webcasting Bill into Law

Photo: Luis Godoy

Photo: Luis Godoy

On Monday, Mayor Bloomberg, accompanied by City Councilmember Gale Brewer and members of the NYC Transparency Working Group, signed a bill requiring that all public meetings be live-streamed and archived on City websites. The Transparency Working Group congratulates City Council for sticking with this bill, originally introduced in April 2010, and giving New Yorkers a window into the public deliberations of their government.

The new bill, Intro 0132-2010, reads:

Each city agency, committee, commission and task force and the council shall record or cause to be recorded in digital video format its meetings and hearings, or portions thereof, that are required to be public pursuant to article seven of the public officers law, provided that this section shall not apply to community boards or local school boards. Such recordings shall be webcast live, where practicable, and shall be archived and made available to the public on the city’s website or on the website of such agency, committee, commission, task force, or council, not more than seventy-two hours after adjournment of the meeting or hearing recorded.