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The Times
  • Herkimer Co. officials hope for return of meeting broadcasts

  • Since May, those who used to watch Herkimer County Legislature meetings on channel 99 have been left in the dark because Herkimer County Community College stopped broadcasting the meetings.

    The taped telecast was halted due to what college President Ann Maria Murray said were management issues as well as a lack of student availability.

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  • Since May, those who used to watch Herkimer County Legislature meetings on channel 99 have been left in the dark because Herkimer County Community College stopped broadcasting the meetings.
    The taped telecast was halted due to what college President Ann Maria Murray said were management issues as well as a lack of student availability.
    “We have to have someone to manage that,” she said. “That requires reassigning labor, workload and hours. We really can’t afford to do that anymore.”
    In an effort to get the meetings televised again, Legislator Peter Manno, R-Frankfort, said a request was made to the college to look into the issues it’s facing to see how it could be continued.
    No resolution has been offered yet.
    “People tell me they do watch and they enjoy it, and not just my constituents,” he said. “I would like to see it continue.”
    For about 15 years, Murray said, the college has assigned students to tape the legislature meetings and then air them on Time Warner channel 99.
    “It was a great experience for our students,” she said. “It served the county and its citizens.”
    Legislator Dennis Korce, R-Mohawk, said he was surprised to find how many of his constituents tune in. “If the public is interested in our coverage, that’s fine. I’m in favor of it,” he said.
    Legislator Gary Hartman, D-Herkimer, said it’s disappointing that a public college would take away a community resource. “Many looked forward to the broadcast,” he said. “It was a valuable community asset that promoted democracy.”
    The broadcast might not be entirely lost, however, as members of the Concerned Citizens for a Better Herkimer County discuss the feasibility of airing their tapings, said Robert Drumm, the group’s interim chairman.
    The group currently records the meetings and posts them on its website, Drumm said. It’s been doing it for about a year.
    “Our group feels we need to have the broadcast,” he said. “Not everyone in Herkimer County has access to the Internet.
    “In my opinion, the way some things happen with the majority and minority, I think both sides have to be held accountable.”
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