NISKAYUNA – The town is reverting back to virtual public meetings during the coronavirus pandemic, Town Supervisor Yasmine Syed said Sunday.
Syed cited “the aggressiveness of the Delta variant,” and legislation signed last week by Gov. Kathy Hochul extending virtual meetings through Jan. 15.
All board, committee, council and task force meetings will be held remotely immediately until further notice.
“At first thought, we were hoping to continue the hybrid model for the Town Board meetings,” Syed said in an e-mail. “Given the aggressiveness of the Delta variant, we are holding all meetings remotely until further notice, including the Town Board meetings. Meeting links will be posted to the web meetings calendar and an email announcement blasted out (Sunday) about the change.
Meetings will be live streamed and recorded, with links posted to the web meeting calendar on www.niskayuna.org.
Legislation signed Thursday by the governor “allows state and local government meetings that are normally held in person to be held remotely instead, as long as the public has the ability to view or listen to the meeting and as long as the meeting is recorded and later transcribed.”
The pandemic began in March 2020, and Niskayuna met virtually until May 11 of this year, as more and more New Yorkers were vaccinated.