Open Meetings Law NY Pub. Off. Law sec. 103 et seq.
Closed: Litigation strategy discussions; collective bargaining; certain real estate transactions; certain personnel matters; and matters which would imperil public safety or law enforcement or disclose identity of informant. Open Meetings Law Advisory Opinion Index
Open Records Law NY Pub. Off. Law sec. 84 et seq.
Exempt: Disclosures resulting in unwarranted invasion of privacy or business/competition enterprises; names of sex crime victims; and some law enforcement records and inter/intra-agency materials.
Committee on Open Government
Contact: Robert Freeman, Executive Director
"The Committee is responsible for overseeing and advising with regard to the Freedom of Information Law, the Open Meetings Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law(Public Officers Law, Articles 6, 7 and 6-A respectively). Staff of the Committee gives advice by telephone, email, written advisory opinions, and training classes conducted throughout the state. Advice is offered to the government, the public and the news media.
The New York Bar Association
One Elk St.
Albany, NY 12207
Phone (518) 463-3200
Fax (518) 487-5517
State Sunshine Chair
Legal Handbook for New York State Journalists
The New York State Bar Association first published the Legal Handbook for New York State Journalists in 1986. The book has been widely praised by both journalists and lawyers for its straight-forward, easy-to-understand treatment of legal topics. It is designed specifically for the use of busy New York state journalists, but it has also been adopted as a class text for newswriting, reporting, and editing classes in New York state colleges and universities. Read it here.