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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunshine is the best disinfectant....

Today is the first day of Sunshine Week, a nationwide effort to bring more transparency to government. The Empire Center works year-round to connect you with information about your state and local governments, but according to their Facebook page, they will be turning it up a notch this week.

Here's some of the information you can find in their updated State Budget Tool:

And in case anyone is wondering why I have not been writing to the blog lately...there's not really much to tell. After voting themselves a raise in the 2015 budget last November, the town board voted unanimously to only hold meetings once a month from now on!

Since then, the meetings have lasted roughly 30 to 45 minutes (including the time for any public hearings) with little to no information given out. Seems like New Hartford has become a "closed shop".

Plus, no one from the public even bothers to attend these meetings so, as Supervisor Tyksinski suggested at the last meeting, "That must mean that things are good! Everyone is happy, right?" Sadly, the Observer Dispatch doesn't even bother to attend the monthly meetings.

For the time being, I have decided to invest more time in my doll shop, Cloth Dolls by Stitch 'N Stuff, my Etsy Shop and my Craftsy Shop. I am also in the process of setting up an entirely new and different shop that will be open shortly.

I will continue videotaping town board meetings and posting the videos, time permitting, on my Youtube channel, but my blog writings for the time being will be limited unless there is something to report.

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Anonymous said...

Nobody bothers to attend the board meetings anymore because they are a joke.

New Hartford, NY Online said...

I agree...but any time a roomful of people attends a meeting to speak out; the town board suddenly becomes attentive.

Stay silently at home and soon the joke will be on you, the taxpayer. I can see the writing on the wall already.

Anonymous said...

Cathy, you have done a great job over the years. However, apathy and idiocy rules the day in CNY. It doesn't help either when the OD has turned into a cheerleaders for the region's elite. Everything is just wonderful and prosperity it just around the corner of you believe them. As for me, moving to Boston was the best thing g I have ever done. Nothing will change in NH

New Hartford, NY Online said...

Anonymous #2,

Thank you. Things will change, but not in the taxpayer's favor.

There is only one reason why the meetings are now once a month and very little information is being given out. Sort of sounds like deja vu, doesn't it?

I believe the last time New Hartford became a "closed shop" the result was more than a $2 million "loss" and a considerable tax increase.