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Date:30/09/11

New York governor launches online town hall

US President Barack Obama now has other American politicians following in his footsteps. New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has started a web site (on 22 September 2011) to engage with citizens online like what Obama has been doing with Twitter and Facebook.

Called Citizen Connects, Cuomo’s web site offers weekly live online chats with Cuomo and other government officials like Ben Lawsky, Superintendent, Department of Financial Services, and Joe Martens, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation.

“It will be an open forum for New Yorkers to interact and participate in their government; it will be a place New Yorkers can visit to communicate with their leaders and sign up for community activities; and it will allow New Yorkers to have a direct window into the workings of their government,” Cuomo said of the web site in a statement.

This online town hall plans to encourage New Yorkers to “participate in state government and share their ideas to help shape New York’s future”, and will have a searchable calendar of community events, a Google map that plots where Cuomo has travelled within New York state for official events, and a field where citizens can send in their ideas for government—all complete with social media links and a photostream.

“This world is changing. New technology allows us new opportunities to communicate with the people of the state. Traditional forms of communication and information have given way to electronics. It’s time government gets up to date,” said Cuomo.



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