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Sunshine Week 2024

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We are going to Albany for Sunshine Week! A group of volunteers from the Coalition is heading to Albany to promote several pieces of legislation that would increase government transparency and accountability in New York State.Click here to learn about ourLegislative Prioritieshttps://nyopengov.org/legislation-action/ Monday (03/11), we will be knocking on the doors of legislators, Tuesday (03/12), […]

Press Release: Court Hearing Dates – Lawsuit against the City of Buffalo

Court Dates New York Coalition For Open Government Lawsuit Against the City of Buffalo Court Hearing Scheduled For Tuesday February 6th, 10:00 am at 50 Delaware Ave., 8th Floor Part 31 Before Supreme Court Justice Craig Hannah Contact: Axel Ebermann – PR Chair axel.ebermann@nyopengov.org In October of 2023, the Buffalo Common Council passed a local […]

Uphold Transparency

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Letter to the Editor: Uphold Transparency Southampton, NY resident David Rung took the time to write a great letter to the editor calling for more transparency by village officials.”I encourage our village officials to revisit their approach to Freedom of Information requests with a focus on openness. Upholding transparency is not only about following legal […]

Adams Administration Withholds 311 Emails From Streetsblog

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Adams Administration Withholds 311 Emails From Streetsblog Should we even bother filing a 311 complaint? The city agency overseeing the 311 system has again been caught flouting government transparency standards — this time stalling the release of emails that Streetsblog requested following an investigation into ignored 311 service requests. Government watchdogs are raising new alarms. […]

Iowa bill would raise penalties for open meetings, records violations

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Iowa bill would raise penalties for open meetings, records violations Government officials in Iowa who violate open meetings and records law would face stiffer penalties under a bill introduced by a lawmaker. For a person who violated open meetings law, the bill would raise the civil fine from between $100-$500 to between $1,000 and $5,000. If […]

Riverhead supervisor announces new online access to Town Board meeting documents

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Riverhead supervisor announces new online access to Town Board meeting documents Tim Hubbard as the newly elected supervisor for the town of Riverhead located in Long Island has made some good changes regarding the public’s access to information. The town will be posting meeting agendas with documents online Friday for meetings scheduled to occur on a […]

Press Release – Governor Hochul Failed To Address New York State’s Open Government Crisis

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Governor Hochul Failed To Address New York State’s Open Government Crisis Download Press release as PDF When Governor Hochul first took office in 2021, she promised a new era of government transparency. She committed to restoring New Yorkers’ faith in their government by improving transparency and increasing government accountability. The New York Coalition For Open Government has […]

Political Post – Those Council Pay Raises

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Political Post – Those Council Pay Raises The New York Coalition For Open Government has filed a lawsuit to stop pay raises that the Mayor of Buffalo and City Council illegally approved for themselves. The case has been assigned to Erie County Supreme Court Judge Craig Hannah. Investigative Post reports that Hannah served as legal counsel […]