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Buffalo to stream more meetings

City government soon will take another step forward in the technological realm.

Live streaming video of meetings of various boards and committees, including the Planning, Zoning and Preservation boards and others, are coming to the city's website.

Recordings of the meetings will also be archived on the website, as well as broadcast on the government access television station.

The move was unanimously approved by the Common Council this week.

"If the technology is there to facilitate it, we should be doing it," said South Council Member Michael P. Kearns, who sponsored the bill.

Other boards who will have their meetings streamed and recorded include the Citizens Planning Council, the Parking Board and the Joint Commission on Police Reorganization.

The project will be implemented in about the next 30 to 45 days, but possibly sooner.

The new law does not apply to several boards, including the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, the Board of Education, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, the Buffalo Sewer Authority or the Water Board. That's because those boards are not based in the City Charter, but are created by other authorities, like state law.

Meetings of the CitiStat accountability panel and the Board of Education meetings are already recorded for telecast, and the CitiStat meetings are streamed online.

Kearns said he plans to propose legislation in the next couple weeks that would require those meetings to be streamed and recorded. The Council began streaming live video of its meetings in February.