In 2008 then Deputy Mayor Larry Fresinski tried a social experiment. He created a Facebook page for the Village of Lansing on the theory that the government would get more input from citizens if it went to where they were hanging out, rather than waiting for them to come to Village trustee meetings. Fresinski may have been ahead of his time. The page was only moderately successful, and was not maintained by the Village after he moved away. This February Lansing Town Supervisor Ed LaVigne tool a less structured approach using the same idea, and so far he has been getting a lot of traction from it.
LaVigne simply posted, "Share with me your town's concerns. I embrace diverse opinions." The post garnered 96 replies and 39 'likes'. A number of people expressed concern about state and county rods that traverse the town. There were questions about how boat slips are allotted in the town marina. There was talk about attracting business to Lansing and the sorts of businesses people find attractive. Internet access and competition for Time Warner cable was suggested. Only one respondent posted with a markedly negative attitude, but LaVigne says that even those posts made the thread a success.