Government Technology New York City Politicians May Have to Read Your Online Comments by Staff
Currently the only way for New Yorkers to voice their opinions about proposed legislation is to attend public hearings, which take place during business hours on weekdays. An official online commenting section would allow citizen feedback to enter the Internet age.
"People want to be able to send a tweet saying they're in favor of a bill or opposed to a bill or think a bill needs to [be] changed in a certain way and have that be in the official record," Kallos, chair of the city's Governmental Operations Committee, told Fast Co.
The resolution's text is ambiguous as to the format in which online comments would be entered into public record, whether a new website would be designed to accept feedback or the possibility of including tweets as official comments.