Westchester Legislators Feature Budget Process Online with “Budget Dashboard”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 1, 2012

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Westchester Legislators Feature Budget Process Online With “Budget Dashboard”

White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) is, once again, providing online ‘live’ and archived videostreams, County departmental presentations and detailed minutes from ongoing meetings regarding County Executive Rob Astorino’s Proposed 2013 Budget for interested residents and business owners. It is all included in the BOL’s omnibus “Budget Dashboard,” a link of which can be found the BOL’s website—westchesterlegislators.com.

The BOL’s “Budget Dashboard” features full video coverage of all the Budget & Appropriations Committee meetings that have been held on Astorino’s budget, which began the day after it was presented to the public on November 14. The dashboard also includes archived video streams of the public hearings. (Presently, the hearing held in Mamaroneck on November 20 is available online. The hearing held in Cortlandt Manor on November 29 should be ready for online viewing soon.)

“The Board of Legislators’ open and transparent budget process provides members of the public with numerous ways to follow the presentations dealing with next year’s budget, and the fact that it can all be found on a single web page makes it both easy and convenient,” said Legislator Judy Myers (D-Larchmont), chair of the BOL’s Budget & Appropriations Committee.

Myers noted that the Budget & Appropriations Committee meetings with the County’s various department heads “tell a better story of how—and why—our taxpayer investments make sense, and what the County’s real needs are than just by looking at the numbers in the budget book or a PowerPoint presentation.”

BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) instituted the “Budget Dashboard” in 2010, along with the ‘live’ and archived videostreaming of all BOL meetings. Recently, County Executive Astorino followed suit and allowed videotaping of the County’s Acquisition and Contract Board meetings. Those, too, are archived on the BOL website.

The direct link to the BOL “Budget Dashboard” is: http://westchesterlegislators.com/component/content/article/31-general/2213-fy2013-budget-dashboard.html.

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