FOI Advocate Blog

The NFOIC open government blog is a compendium of original concepts and analysis as well as ideas, edited excerpts and materials from a variety of sources. When the information comes from another source, we will attribute it and provide a link. The blog relies on the accuracy and integrity of the original sources cited; we will correct errors and inaccuracies when we become aware of them.

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October 24, 2012 1:55 PM


MONTICELLO (October 23, 2012) – The Sullivan County Legislature was within its right to hold private presentations by bidders for its tourism-promotion contract, but the county's refusal to disclose any part of the proposals has no basis in law, a state official said.

The state's Open Meetings Law allows private presentations by the Sullivan County Visitor's Association and Sullivan County Tourism and Promotion Inc. on Thursday, said Bob Freeman, executive director of the state's Committee on Open Government.

April 11, 2012 1:32 PM

From Washington Post:

A Loudoun County judge ruled Monday that the county’s Board of Equalization did not violate the state Freedom of Information Act when its members berated a woman who took a flash photo, summoned a sheriff’s deputy to seize her camera, watched as the deputy escorted her from the room and then took a hugely significant vote while she was out of the room.

March 22, 2012 4:42 PM

From Times Union:

Looking for records from Andrew Cuomo's tenure as attorney general? Good luck.

Fifteen months after leaving the Department of Law, Cuomo has sent almost nothing to the State Archives, designated by state law as the final resting place for every attorney general's papers.

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