The Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open
Government, Inc. is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization comprised
of journalists, activists, attorneys, educators, news media
organizations, and other concerned citizens who value open government
and freedom of information.
Through advocacy, education and civic
engagement, the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government promotes
open, transparent government and defends citizensí right to access
information from public institutions at the city, county, and state
Statement of Purpose
We believe that, if government is of the
people, by the people and for the people, then it should also be open
TO the people. Government exists to serve its citizens, so access to
public information should be simple. Freedom of Information Laws and the
NY Open Meetings Law make access to public records a right.
When government operates openly and
honestly, we, the people, can hold our elected officials accountable,
fulfilling our duties as an informed citizenry. The Buffalo Niagara
Coalition for Open Government works to ensure that all people have full
access to government records and proceedings on the city, county, and
state levels. Such access fosters responsive, accountable government,
stimulates civic involvement and builds trust in government.
In order to accomplish our Mission, the
Buffalo Coalition for Open Government:
Offers a regional, collective voice on
open government issues.
Monitors the legislature, state
agencies, courts and local governments for open-government actions
Fosters the open exchange of information
through networking, seminars, training sessions and conferences.
Works to start up new, and support
existing, open government boards at the city, town, or village
Explores transparency and
information-sharing issues, making recommendations for either state
or local government action.
Counsels and educates public officials
on their legal responsibilities around open government and
Assists with Court actions in support of
greater government transparency.
Prepares educational reports or other
Shares information through our Blog,
newsfeed and online resources.