Cheektowaga may soon live-stream council meetings

Chronicle file photo of the Cheektowaga Town Hall.
Chronicle file photo of the Cheektowaga Town Hall.

CHEEKTOWAGA – After a year on the job, Councilmember Brian Nowak is making good on a campaign promise that he was going to bring more transparency to town government.  He is proposing a resolution that brings town council meetings into the 21st century.

If a measure backed by Supervisor Diane Benczkowski passes the town board Tuesday, Cheektowaga will join neighboring municipalities like Amherst, the City of Buffalo, and the town of West Seneca in broadcasting their meetings to the public.

Mr. Nowak describes this as “a common-sense move that will make it easier for residents to stay current on local government issues.”

The councilmember tells Cheektowaga Chronicle that the meetings will be live-streamed through the town’s new YouTube channel and linked to the town website.  The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $3,000.

He sees this as an essential step toward more open government, noting that “web streaming will make the decision-making process accessible and transparent.”

Once approved, the councilmember expects live streaming to be up and running in the coming months.

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