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Editorial: In Suffolk -- lights, camera, legislate!

A red light camera at an intersection on

A red light camera at an intersection on July 25, 2012. Credit: AP

If a proposal by the Suffolk County Legislature's presiding officer, DuWayne Gregory, is adopted, it may soon be easier for residents to see Gregory and fellow legislators make proposals. It should be.

Gregory has introduced a plan to broadcast legislative meetings online. Currently, only audio is provided. Nassau County already live-streams its meetings on the Internet, as do many Long Island towns and villages. John M. Kennedy, the legislature's minority leader, says he'd also like to see meetings broadcast on public access television, helpful for residents who aren't online. Suffolk is geographically large, and many people who might wish to know what's happening can't get to the meetings in Hauppauge or Riverhead. This would make the proceedings more accessible to the public. The more publicly a body governs, the better.