NIAGARA COUNTY: Legislature passes measure requiring IDA members to file financial disclosure statements

The Niagara County Legislature has passed a resolution requiring members of the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency to file financial disclosures that would be publicly accessible through Freedom of Information Law requests.

The unanimously supported resolution was approved last week and states that, in the opinion of the legislature, the NCIDA board is bound by the same regulations applies to government officials under Public Officers Law, Article 6. The law defines the access the public has through Freedom of Information Law requests, which asserts the “people’s right to know the process of government decision making” through the “review of documents” which lead to “determinations” of elected officials.

“The fact is that we are a quasi-governmental body that makes important, financial decisions,” said NCIDA Chairman Henry M. Sloma. “People have a right to know who they are and where their interests lie.” Continue>>>