Monday night, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, in his State of the Borough Address, announced (in a slightly tongue-in-cheek way) a new, soon-to-be-available tool for accessing Manhattan Community Board meetings on television and the web:

“With the help of the Manhattan Neighborhood Network – which is televising this speech tonight – we are very close to combining cable television, the Internet, and digital technology into a new forum for local democracy called Civic Channel TV. Think of it as C-SPAN for communities.

Just imagine it. By this time next year, you won’t have to worry about making plans for Saturday night. You can just curl up on your couch with some popcorn and Twizzlers and watch downloaded video of the meetings of all 12 Manhattan Community Boards! I know that for my good friend Marty Markowitz — it’s a dream come true.”

What do you think? Will this tool increase local engagement with Community Boards?  Will you watch?

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