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Harrison Embraces Public Information Initiative

HARRISON, N.Y. -- A recent change made in accordance with a new law has streamlined the file-sharing process inside Harrison's town clerk office. Clerk Jacqueline Greer officially released the first town / village board agendas online this week to include supporting information, making public information more accessible.

The law, which requires governments to post agendas online, was the latest initiative undertaken by the new clerk and has been embraced by Greer and her office.

"I'm all for anything that will make it easier for residents to get information," Greer said when the clerk's office prepared for the law to take effect Feb. 2.

The new regulations require that records, resolutions, laws and all matters to be discussed at open meetings are made available for review by the public at least one day before a meeting. If not, residents will have the right to sue the government agency. Minutes are also required by law to be made public within two weeks of the meeting.

The new methods used to release board agendas strays from a previous practice, which released scanned images of the physical agendas. Now, Harrison's town website provides a website of text displaying the upcoming agenda, with each item linked to supporting documents for residents to follow.

Greer said the new methods save her office time, materials and labor to help disclose public information to residents.

Harrison's town/village board will meet Thursday, Feb. 16 at the town municipal building at 1 Heineman Place in downtown Harrison. The agenda and subsequent minutes can be found on the town website .

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