The statement below is amended as follows
We have not consistently filmed meetings of the Trustee Board since late 2015. It's our view that this is a function of the Vilage government it should undertake for the public good. We do continue to film various meetings of that Board and others when there is an important public issue. We no longer attend Trustee meetings on a consistent basis but we do follow on our Facebook page civic issues on a consistent basis. And we continue to advocate for open village government every way that we can.
We are residents citizens involved in our Community, the Incorporated Village of Patchogue, NY.
This organization was founded in 2012 with the mission of educating fellow Village residents about our Village Government.
To that end, we began taking video of various public meetings in the Village of Patchogue, beginning with the Village Board of Trustees bi-weekly meetings. That process began on 11-13-12. Initially we had asked the Village Board of Trustees to film instead but our request was denied when our Mayor said it was too expensive for the village government to undertake. We felt then as we feel now that filming village governmental functions should be, as it is in many other jurisdictions, the function of local government. But after that denial we took on that challenge.
We have by now published more than 700 videos of village government and other village community events. The Patchogue Village Board of Trustees has been filmed, all of its meetings, since November 2012 to date. In addition we have also filmed meetings of the Patchogue Village Zoning and Appeals Board, the Village Planning Board, and meetings of the Community Development Agency when issues of public interest demanded coverage.
We currently manage a Facebook page and YouTube channel to support this effort. Over time we have expanded our video project to also include community events in order to broaden our connection to the residents of Patchogue Village. Some examples, an 8 video series of video documenting all four dates of the Village's 2014 Alive After Five music street festival. In some cases our videos are the only video documentation of such events and often even where other video exists video published by this organization offers more content about such events than existed previously.
We have also recently begun a public policy series of reports on important village issues the two most recent examples being a study of the finances of the Patchogue Theater and a recent EPA audit of the Village government's storm water management. These studies can be found on our website. As well archived on our webpage the four village budgets the only online source to read and download these documents a collection to which we add every year making our site the best source of the most current history of those documents.
This organization attends all meetings of the Patchogue Village Board of Trustees and we are a consistent voice for open government which we advocate for at public hearings and the public portion of the Patchogue Village Board of Trustee meetings in addition to numerous other ways that we stand for the idea that an educated public is an empowered public.
We get no public funding for our efforts. Our organization is limited to residents of Patchogue Village only. Through our efforts we support promoting the betterment of Patchogue Village particularly by standing for the notion that democracy is not an empty idea but an ideal that must always be strived for by its citizens.