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Nassau legislature to post 9 years of past meeting documents

The GOP-controlled Nassau County legislature says it will begin posting archived transcripts of all legislative meetings dating to 2005.

Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) has directed the clerk of the legislature to begin posting nine years' worth of legislative transcripts, according to her spokeswoman, Cristina Brennan.

Gonsalves said the legislature will also begin posting transcripts and video recordings of all future legislative meetings.

The move came after Newsday reported last week that Henry Boitel, president of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club, obtained transcripts of legislative meetings from 2012, 2013 and the first two months of 2014 and posted them on the group’s website. Boitel’s plan was to create an archived record of meetings of the 19-member legislature dating to its first meeting in 1996.

In response, legislative Democrats last week introduced legislation to require the county to post on its website transcripts and video recordings of future legislative meetings.

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