PATERSON, NJ - While Mayor Andre Sayegh has often shared his desire to move Paterson into the 21st century, it was the City Council that took a leap towards getting with the times on Tuesday.
Used to working from sometimes unwieldy stacks of paper the body, for the first time, and thanks to the assistance of newly purchased tablets, conducted their workshop meeting in a near paperless fashion.
In a short presentation Boniface Kiamiue of Teaneck based Hub Networking walked the legislators through the process of reviewing the meeting’s key documents on the screens that sat in front of them.
“You’re doing your little bit to save the planet,” he said as he shared his belief that the transition is not only green in terms of its environmental impact, but also the financial savings that will be realized. “It may not seem like a lot, but it adds up quickly,” he added of the 200-300 sheets of paper each member uses per meeting.
Reflecting on a past meeting when their work packets were particularly thick Council President Maritza Davila gave credit to her colleague, First Ward Councilman Michael Jackson, for bringing the issue to the forefront.
“Looking at the unwieldy stack of papers, the cost of production, the negative impact on the environment we were having, we knew we had to do something different,” Davila told TAPInto Paterson.
“This initiative matters, and it’s going to mean an even better Paterson.”
While the council hasn’t made the full transition to being paperless Kiamiue said the software his firm has provided allows for that to be the case when members are ready. “If they tell us they want no paper it can go tomorrow,” Kimamiue said with more than a hint of enthusiasm.
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