Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus gave a State of the County Address on Wednesday, April 10. This is the fifth State of the County Address Neuhaus has given to discuss the progress being made in Orange County affairs. He was introduced by good friend Arnold Amthor, the Town of Montgomery and Village of Maybrook Police Chief. Overall, the address highlighted the many accomplishments of the past year, as well as his visions for the future of Orange County. Neuhaus has been working with the local legislature over the past year to ensure that Orange County will remain stronger than ever.
A few of the accomplishments highlighted throughout the address are as follows: New classes were added to BOCES programs in the fields of Health Career Training and English as a second language. Stewart International Airport saw a spike in job creation thanks to the addition of Norwegian Airlines. The airport also saw a 63 percent increase in passenger volume. The county has also launched a new campaign aiming to inform local parents, students, educators, and law enforcement about the dangers of sexting and cyberbullying. Additionally, property values in the county are on the rise and sales tax revenue rose $15 million dollars in value between 2016 and 2017.
The county will be implementing new initiatives over the next year to stay successful as well. Currently, the county is working with local medical providers to reduce health costs for local residents and focus on areas of health which were not specified in care before. In addition, the county will be implementing a program which allows drones to fly in medicine, such as epipens, to those without easy access to those medications. County Executive Neuhaus will also create a program to develop labor and trade apprenticeship requirements for those working on publicly financed construction projects.
Ellenbogen Creative Media, based out of Kingston, NY, was responsible for gathering live, multi-camera footage of this event. This is Ellenbogen’s third year working with Orange County to film this event in conjunction and under the direction of Focus Media of Goshen, NY. Ellenbogen recorded the event via the Livestream Live Broadcasting website. Footage of the event was also shared on Orange County’s Government Website in its entirety. It was recorded in High Definition and Livestreamed for a large viewing audience. The footage from this event was also edited into roughly a two minute news reel video with a next-day turnaround by Ellenbogen’s own Steven Miele to ensure the content was released to the public in a timely manner. The Orange County State of the County Address was broadcasted live between two different cameras for a smooth, seamless look.
For those not familiar with Live streaming, this is the concept of watching news happen as it is being filmed. Media, such as video content, is broadcasted in real time to viewers online or via social media in an effort to help them experience events as they are happening in real time. Live streaming is essential in political events and campaigns since it can ensure transparency between government officials and constituents in ways that other forms of media cannot. Live streaming also enables government officials to share information with people in a timely manner and helps them stay up-to-date on what is happening in their community and around the world.