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Access to public records is ‘deteriorating terribly’

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Access to public records is ‘deteriorating terribly’ This is an interesting article regarding issues occurring with Freedom of Information Laws across the country. “At a time when 4 in 10 Americans say they don’t trust the government of the state in which they live to handle problems well, according to a mid-October Gallup poll, keeping public […]

Sheriff’s Office closes Raymond School open meeting investigation

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Wisconsin: Sheriff’s Office closes Raymond School open meeting investigation There are several interesting items in the article below regarding a school board in Wisconsin. – The District Attorney’s Office referred an open meetings complaint to the Sheriff for investigation. Can’t recall seeing any DA or Sheriff getting involved in an open meetings complaint in NY. – A […]

You have the right to record a public meeting

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You have the right to record a public meeting You have the right to record a public meeting. This right has been part of the Open Meetings Law since 2011. Someone recording a public meeting should not make an elected official angry yet it happens. The latest example is the supervisor of the town of Colton getting […]

Local Budget Process

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Local Buget Process It is budget time for local governments across NY State. Public hearings are required before a budget can be passed.  Here are two guides that help explain the budget process for local governments. New York State Tughill Commission NYS Comptroller  The Author Paul is the founder of the NY Coalition For Open Government […]

Cortland Memo of Law

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Courtland Memo of Law An interesting open meetings lawsuit has been filed in Cortland County Supreme Court. The memorandum of law filed in the lawsuit lays out some interesting drama in the town of Cortlandville, (population 8,000). Apparently the town attorney John Delvecchio had a private legal matter before town court judge Mary Beth Mathey. Judge Mathey […]

Muckrock SEJ Workshop

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Muckrock SEJ Workshop For folks involved with environmental issues you may be interested in the training being provided below. Two reporters will offer tips on what they learned after filing FOIA requests with all 10 EPA regions and dozens of other requests at the state and local levels during this investigation. They’ll also walk through how you […]

Executive Session Training

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Executive Meeting Training Session The president of the New York Coalition for Open Government, Paul Wolf Esq., leads an education session on how to properly conduct executive sessions that conform with New York State Open Meetings Laws. Duration: 40min  https://youtu.be/xftmDCUXFuM The Author Paul is the founder of the NY Coalition For Open Government and has truly […]

Buffalo State to keep finalists secret

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Buffalo State to keep finalists secret A public institution, including a college, should never have a secretive process for selecting its leader.  A Mayor and a Congressman may find it uncomfortable to have their names publicly revealed, but I am sure they will still participate in the process. The position pays at least $285,000, along with […]