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Freedom of Information and Open Government - NY

New information added on March 3, 2011

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"Assessment Inventory Data Not Available under FOIL" - News Brief, PRFA, August 2007

"Gov. Spitzer Orders that State Agencies Broadcast Their Meetings over the Web, APA Asks for Exemption" - News Brief, PRFA, March 2007

"Executive Order — Promotion of Public Access to Government Decisionmaking" - Governor Eliot Spitzer, January 1, 2007
Requirement to broadcast public meetings on the Internet.

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Committee on Open Government
Robert J. Freeman, Executive Director
The Committee on Open Government is responsible for overseeing and advising with regard to the Freedom o Information, Open Meetings and Personal Privacy Protection Laws.
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Additional Information
Open Government Committee Opinions:

The full text of opinions published by the NYS Committee on Open Government since 1993 that have educational or precedential value are available on the web site:


In-Depth Information

  • Peter J. LaGrasse"Right to Know Advocate Speaks" - By Peter J. LaGrasse, February 12, 2011 (A slightly edited version of this article was published in the Adirondack Journal, Warrensburg, N.Y., February 19, 2011.)
    Robert Freeman, the chief of New York State's Open Government Office since its inception thirty years ago, held the Chestertown audience's rapt attention on February 9 answering any and all questions related to open government and freedom of information law.
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"The Freedom of Information Request" (With Sample Letter) - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA Background Brief, December 2004)
    Knowledge is the first key to success in defending private property rights. Although based on New York and federal freedom of information law, this article has important information applicable anywhere in the United States.
  • "Committee on Open Government Assists LaGrasse FOIL Request" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, Dec. 29, 2003)
    Records of citations of rental properties were sought after small landlords in Ellenville complained to PRFA about numerous petty citations. The Village of Ellenville imposed a $300 "administrative fee" in addition to the statutory 25 cents per copy charge.
  • Susan Allen"A Property Rights Primer — How to Educate Yourself"— By Susan Allen, Keene Valley, N.Y. (PRFA, December 10, 2002)
    Don't rely on others. If you have been hit with a property rights issue, "you need to become very knowledgeable in a very great hurry." This primer by an expert tells you how to gather information about government programs and land ownership without any prior background.

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