Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
Technology has been growing in leaps and bounds over the past decade. Today, information is disseminated at a rapid pace through emails, text messages, and through social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.
Traditionally, governments tend to lag behind the times in keepingup with technological innovations. As a result, the public is subject to an archaic system of sharing information that makes access to information, not impossible, but less convenient, which perpetuates the disconnect and leaves the public out of the loop of information.
The payments of warrants are approved by the City Council every month. The warrants are paid with tax dollars and sometimes with grants. These bills are contained in a vast spreadsheet sometimes 30 pages long. The monetary range of warrants paid can range from and total from $300,000 to $2 million.
Quite frankly, there exists an antiquated system for the public to access these warrants. Currently, the procedure for accessing these warrants as a member of the public is to physically attend a city council meeting and cull through a vast paper copy of the warrant document. This task is arduous, time consuming and is not practical or convenient for most of the public. I believe that the procedure for accessing these warrants should be changed by incorporating technology. For example, the City Council receives an electronic copy of these warrants for review prior to every city council meeting. My suggestion is to upload this same electronic copy of the warrants on the Glen Cove city website. In doing so, the public will be more informed and gain easier access to information.
I don’t expect governments to keep pace with technological advances; that would be impossible. However, we are in the 21st Century and owe it to the public to make the sharing of information more accessible and convenient.
Anthony Gallo Jr.
Councilman, City of Glen Cove