The issue recently came to light during a recent York Town Hall meeting, where concerned residents voiced strong concerns that they were not properly notified of a new proposed law. The Town Board stated that they had met all of their legal obligations when they published the notice twice in the weekly print publication, the Livingston County News.
“This service comes at no additional cost to the tax payer, currently the tax payer foots the bill for print publication.” said Josh Williams, Publisher of the GeneseeSun.com. “This is about getting the word out about proposed local laws that can impact local families for generations.”
Villages, Towns, and the County now have an opportunity to deliver notification of proposed local laws, free of cost to taxpayers, to their constituents simply by emailing or including the notice to email@example.com.
NYS law currently requires municipalities to publish two notices for public hearings in print publications before actually holding the hearing. There are no legal provisions concerning municipalities’ releasing notices to online publications.