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Albany County Legislature to hold special meeting via teleconference in response to COVID-19

Legislators will dial in to cast their vote on legislative items. New, temporary guidelines in place for public comment

Post Date:03/23/2020 4:47 pm
In accordance with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s guidance and directives aimed at preventing the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Legislators will dial in to cast their vote on legislative items and new, temporary guidelines are in place for public comment.

The Albany County Legislature will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:15 p.m. in the William J. Conboy II Legislative Chambers at the Albany County Courthouse for the purpose of addressing a limited agenda critical to the immediate function of various Albany County departments.

“This is an unprecedented situation, but the work of Albany County government must continue as we face this pandemic together. The health of our constituents, our members and our staff is our top priority,” Albany County Legislature Chair Andrew Joyce said. “Adhering to the restrictions put in place are a matter of life and death. This is why I directed our legislative staff to come up with this plan to have our members vote from the safety of their homes. I’d like to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for moving so quickly in this crisis by issuing his Executive Order that gives local governments like ours the capability do to our jobs in a safe way.”

The Legislature has been in discussions with the County Executive, Sheriff, Comptroller and the County Clerk to identify shortlist items to make sure critical tax revenue continues, mandated year-end financial reports are finalized and capital construction projects can continue.

The period of public comment that usually precedes legislative meetings is canceled and the special meeting will be closed to the public. Such measures are not taken lightly and are necessary to protect the public health.

The special meeting will follow a public hearing on amendments to the 2020-2024 Capital Program. For the purposes of this public hearing, the Legislature has asked that the public provide input by emailing the Clerk of the Legislature any written comments to be included in the official hearing record. Alternatively, the public may call (518) 447-7168 and leave a voicemail message with their remarks.

Members of the public who wish to bring a matter to the attention of the Legislature may do so via email to the Clerk at necole.chambers@albanycountyny.gov or by leaving a voicemail with the Clerk at 518-447-7168. Any comments will be forwarded to the members of the Legislature.

The special meeting will be live streamed via the Legislature’s website as well as recorded for future viewing.

All other meetings scheduled for March have been canceled including committee meetings and the public hearings for Local Laws A and B for 2020. The regular Legislature meeting for April is also canceled. The agenda for the special meeting and future updates will be posted to the Albany
County Legislature’s website
.

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