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Wrinkles mar Brookhaven’s change to paperless meeting

Brookhaven Town Hall is located at 1 Independence

Brookhaven Town Hall is located at 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville. The town is offering free drug testing kits to concerned parents. (Aug. 17, 2008) Credit: Newsday File / Bill Davis

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine unveiled a paperless meeting agenda system last week that he said would reduce waste and save taxpayers millions of dollars.

But the electronic system, in which town board members access information on computer notepads instead of receiving printed material, met with skepticism from some council members who used it for the first time during a work session Thursday.

One councilman, Tim Mazzei, threw up his hands in exasperation.

Romaine defended the system in an interview after the meeting.

“We’re going to save a ton of paper,” he said. “We’re going to save money. It’s going to be more efficient.”

The format posts town board agendas and copies of resolutions on the town website, where they can be read by the public, town officials said.

Town Attorney Annette Eaderesto, whose staff downloads resolutions into the system, told council members it would make more information available faster before upcoming meetings.

“It’s going to work,” she said. “We’re going to get better at it.” 

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