FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2023
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North Hempstead Town Board Launches Transparency Portal
North Hempstead, NY – The North Hempstead Town Board unanimously approved the launch of a groundbreaking Transparency Portal on the Town's official website. The resolution, passed with a unanimous vote of 7-0 during the September 5 Town Board meeting, represents a significant step towards fostering openness, accountability, and greater public engagement in local government.
Council Member Veronica Lurvey, who introduced and championed the legislation, stated, "By mandating that important Town information be made easily accessible to the public, we are aiming to foster openness and accountability within our Town government. This local law will dramatically improve our resident’s ability to easily access information with one click."
The newly enacted law mandates that specific documents and information must be published on the Town's website. These materials will be organized and searchable, allowing residents to easily find important records, documents, and information related to Town affairs. This initiative is a testament to the Town Board's commitment to transparency and community engagement.
Council Member Mariann Dalimonte highlighted the portal's features, stating, "The Transparency Portal will be prominently placed on the Town's website, providing easy access to a wide range of information, and it will be regularly updated by relevant departments to ensure the information remains current. Residents will also be able to access various reports, such as statistics related to code enforcement and parking tickets, fostering an understanding of Town operations and priorities."
One of the cornerstones of this legislation is financial transparency. The law requires the publication of executed contracts, financial audits, annual budgets, and Capital Improvement Plans. This level of financial disclosure enhances accountability and builds trust with residents, ensuring that they can track the allocation of public resources.
Council Member Peter Zuckerman affirmed the Town Board's commitment to an accountable, engaged, and well-informed community, saying, "By supporting this 'Governmental Transparency' Local Law, we're demonstrating our commitment to an accountable, engaged, and well-informed community. This law is a crucial step towards a more transparent and participatory local government."
With the launch of the Transparency Portal, the Town of North Hempstead takes a bold stride toward a more open and responsive government, providing residents with the tools they need to actively participate in shaping their community's future.
For more information and to access the Transparency Portal, please visit northhempsteadny.gov.