To participate via teleconference, dial 1 (888) 585-9008 and enter code 212-753-619#

  • To provide written public comment:
    •  please email your comments to: AIDEAcomments@publicinput.com no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day before the meeting, so they can be shared with board members prior to the board meeting. 
  • To make an oral comment:
    • When you call in, you will enter the teleconference muted. After board roll call and agenda approval, we will ask callers to press *9 on their phones if they wish to make a public comment. This will initiate the hand-raising function. We will unmute callers individually in the order the calls were received. When an individual is unmuted, you will hear, “It is now your turn to speak.” Please identify yourself and make your public comments.
  • You can also sign up for email and/or text notifications about AIDEA board start time and return to public session from executive session: https://publicinput.com/AIDEAboardmeetings 
  • Tips for making a public comment: 
    • When calling in to testify, do not use a speaker phone. Speaker phone audio quality is poor and makes it difficult for Board members to understand you. Ensure you are in a quiet setting when testifying. Background noise diminishes the quality of your testimony. If you are inaudible, the chairman may ask you to try and remedy the situation. If it is not improved, they may ask you to submit written testimony instead.   
    • There will be periods of silence – don’t hang up! Prior to a meeting beginning the line will be silent. Be patient and wait for the meeting to begin. The line will be silent when the AIDEA board is not on the record.  
    • Written testimony may always be provided and is especially important if time or technical issues do not allow you to complete your public testimony in real time during a meeting. Written testimony should be sent directly to the AIDEA board.
    • Use your own voice. Share your expertise. If you have relevant qualifications to the topic you’re addressing be sure to include that in your comment. Be sure to mention relevant personal experience and any local connections to the issues.