Brindisi is holding an open house right in his office Thursday morning before his swearing-in ceremony. He says he expects some supporters from the 22nd district to come as well as family. Brindisi says his biggest challenge so far has been navigating around the city and to the different house office buildings. WASHINGTON (WBNG) — The next U.S. Congressman for New York’s 22nd district has arrived in Washington, D.C. Stay with 12 News Thursday for behind-the-scenes coverage of Brindisi’s first day on the job. Despite having a new office in a new place, Brindisi says he will still be working toward the same things he pledged during his campaign in New York. “I’m going to spend a lot of time throughout the district, including the Southern Tier, by doing town hall meetings. That’s something I pledged to do along the campaign: hold lots of town hall meetings, give constituents lots of opportunities to express their concerns to me in person,” Brindisi told 12 News Wednesday. His staff says he will spend an average of three weeks there every month. Brindisi says his first order of business was taking a picture with the name plate outside of his office. Then, he worked with his staff on moving furniture and setting up computers. 12 News reporter Annabelle Flaherty was there Wednesday as Anthony Brindisi, a Democrat, was getting settled into his new office in the Cannon Building.
The State Palace has defended the use of social media influencers to promote public policies, claiming the opinion leaders spearheaded the country’s digital transformation and democracy.Presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman said influencers played a vital role as “key opinion leaders” to help communicate public policy in a connected society dominated by a digitally active middle class.“The active role of these digital actors is an inevitability in the country’s digital transformation. They will continue to grow their important roles in developing an information network to affect social, economic and productive political activities,” Fadjroel wrote in a statement on Monday. He added that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had urged the country to push through a digital change as a prerequisite for a digital economic and democratic transformation. “Therefore, many policies need to be based on digital society and system.”Read also: ‘Unhealthy in a democracy’: Concerns mount over govt using ‘influencers’ to promote policiesThe government has been criticized for using social media influencers to promote its policies. Civil society groups have expressed concern that such a practice might be used to cover up problems in policies and muddle the public discourse.A study issued by Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) found that President Jokowi’s administration had spent Rp 90.4 billion (US$6 million) since its first term in office on goods and services procurement containing the word “influencers” in the documents.NGOs fear social media influencers might speak beyond their capacity or without proper disclosure that their content is sponsored or under a paid partnership with the government.Several social media influencers came under fire in August for posting content supporting the controversial omnibus bill on job creation using the hashtag #IndonesiaButuhKerja (Indonesia Needs Jobs).While denying that the campaign had been ordered by the government, an expert with the Executive Office of the Presidential, Donny Gahral Adian, argued that using influencers to promote policies was fair enough, because they could reach a broad audience through social media.Topics :