Syracuse, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse announced that public meetings conducted in the Common Council Chambers in Syracuse City Hall will be conducted online with conference call access beginning Monday, Mar. 16. The change is consistent with Governor Cuomo’s Mar. 7 Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in New York State.

The Order includes a provision that allows the meeting of public bodies to occur remotely provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to the proceedings. Council Chambers is equipped with cameras for live audio and video, and meetings have been streamed on the City’s YouTube channel since April 2018. Consistent with the Order, the meetings will be recorded and later transcribed.

In-person access to the meetings conducted in Council Chambers will be limited to elected and appointed representatives serving on the public body; essential local government staff; and applicants and/or their representatives. Subject to the State directive of public gatherings, total in-person attendance at all meetings will be limited to 75 people.

Meetings for the following bodies will be conducted in this manner until further notice: Syracuse Common Council, Citizens Review Board, Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board, Syracuse Planning Commission, Joint School Construction Board, Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, and the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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