North Castle, NY is now live with their Government Transparency solution and has already put it to use keeping their citizens abreast with the latest happenings at Town Board meetings, Planning meetings, and Recreation, Community, and Library events.
Thanks to Anne Curran, Clerk, Barbara Pesquera, Deputy Clerk, and Rich Walz, their IT Consultant, training was succesfully completed just in time for November elections! They were able to apply what they learned about their new technology to educate citizens on how to use the new ImageCast Optical Scan voting machines.
This public service announcement features Town Clerk, Anne Curran, discussing the changes to voting and the simple three step process: Check In, Vote Ballot/Privacy Sleeve, Cast your ballot. This video was produced by NCTV and uploaded using the Granicus Video Uploader. You can download this tool in the Help and Training tab of your Granicus account. It was then made public in their archived video library on their website.
In addition to streaming and archiving Town Board meetings and their live 24/7 NCTV broadcast, North Castle has fun videos to drive citizens to their website including an unplugged music series at the North Castle Public Library. This show features performances from the bluegrass band Greetings from Anywhere and educational videos such as Black Beans in New York State.
Speaking of black bears in New York State, there was a lot of commotion on our last training session because there was a black bear running amuck in North Castle. The town was worried because it was near the elementary school and running through neighborhoods. With it getting close to Halloween they didn’t want to mistake a real black bear for a trick-or-treaker in a costume. Rest assured that no little kids were harmed on Halloween night; the bear was found just in the nick of time.
The Town of North Castle is a perfect example of a jurisdiction that uses their Granicus technology to the fullest and is able to reach citizens interested in many avenues of their local government.
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