York County Libertarian Party and the people – 1. York County Community Foundation and big money – 0.
That’s the tally as the West York borough council passed a unanimous motion that effectively put the Trojan horse Greater York Regional Authority proposal to rest yesterday. If you’ve been under a rock and are just now hearing about this proposal, here’s the background. Here’s earlier coverage of the authority receiving another blow to the head in North York.
School District Using Digital Finger Scans for Transactions
How would you feel if you knew your child’s school is using biometric jailhouse tracking technology to monitor your children and catalog their whereabouts without parental consent? Well, that’s exactly what’s going on in schools in the City of York.
Digital finger scans are nothing new. They’ve been a source of controversy across the U.S. and worldwide for quite some time, causing both privacy advocates and IT security professionals to sound warnings about their use and potential for abuse.
North York Abandons Regional Proposal
Citing a lack of interest and information, North York borough unanimously voted Monday to withdraw from all talks concerning the Greater York Regional Authority. Here’s a blurb from the York Daily Record/Sunday News’ Angie Mason. York City councilman Michael Helfrich was also kind enough to take time to attend the meeting to listen to residents’ and officials’ concerns.
Residents at the meeting gave impassioned feedback ranging on topics from loss of local control to fears of a city bailout and raised taxes. North York borough council president Vivian Amspacher said she was concerned with how the proposal was brought to North York.
YCPD Chief Kahley Reneges on Promise to Deliver Data Policy to the Public
Eight months after Councilman Michael Helfrich called on Chief Wes Kahley and the York City Police Department to release a policy on the city’s use of automatic license plate scanners, the stonewalling continues.
Despite multiple reassurances from the York City Police Department that a policy outlining protective measures would be released publicly, the city has yet again denied my Right-To-Know request for records associated with the operation of the scanners.
If you haven’t already heard, there’s currently a push for centralization of government in York County. Yes, I know – it sounds disastrous, already.