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FOIL & OML Education Session at the 2024 annual New York Press Association Meeting

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robyn gray speaking at the annual new york press association meeting 2024

Robyn Gray and Mary Louise Kling speaking at the annual New York Press Association Meeting in Albany

A free and informed press is essential to the health of a democracy, and media organizations are our crucial allies in the fight for open and transparent government.

It was with great honor that we accepted the invitation to conduct an educational session on Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Open Meeting Law (OML) at the annual meeting of the New York Press Association in Saratoga Springs, NY.

These laws are cornerstones of public accountability and transparency, and by educating journalists and media professionals about them, we reinforce the fundamental principles of democracy.

We are proud to collaborate with and support the media in their vital role of informing the public, ensuring that government remains accessible and accountable to all.

The Author

Paul is the founder of the NY Coalition For Open Government and has truly loved seeing it become what it is today and is excited about its future growth.

As an attorney for 32 years, he is a partner in the law firm of Berzer & Wolf. Prior to his private law practice, Paul served in several government positions with the Buffalo Common Council, Buffalo Housing Authority, and Erie County.

When he is not practicing law and doing open government stuff, Paul enjoys spending time with his spouse, Cheryl, and his three children, Michael, Joseph, and Julia. Paul resides in Amherst, NY, a suburb of Buffalo.

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