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Town of Babylon begins airing meetings on Cablevision

Babylon Town Hall, as seen on Dec. 14,

Babylon Town Hall, as seen on Dec. 14, 2011, at 200 East Sunrise Hwy. in Lindenhurst. Credit: Carl Corry

Babylon Town has begun broadcasting town board meetings on Cablevision’s Government Access channel.

The town was the last in Suffolk County to broadcast or stream its meetings over the Internet, a practice also being adopted by some Nassau municipalities.

“Not everyone has the time to come down to town hall every time there’s a board meeting,” said Babylon Town spokesman Kevin Bonner, who said the town had focused last year on revamping its website and building a Facebook page.

“It’s meant to increase transparency and increase accessibility,” he said.

Most Babylon Town Board meetings are held during the day, and attendance rarely tops a few dozen.

The town is in talks to live-stream meetings or upload video onto its website, Bonner said.

For the broadcast, which is free to the town, town employees will add titles and fade-ins but will not otherwise edit the footage before dropping it off at Cablevision for broadcast, generally within two days after a meeting.

Each meeting will replay until it is replaced on Cablevision Channel 18, according to the following schedule: Saturdays at 10 p.m., Sundays at 8 a.m., Mondays at 5 p.m., Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and Thursdays at 1 p.m.

Cablevision owns Newsday.

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