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Lawyer fees in Buffalo Bills stadium lease talks called secret

From BuffaloNews.com:

A team of nine attorneys from the law firm Nixon Peabody is helping Erie County negotiate a new lease with the Buffalo Bills, but staff for County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz won't disclose the attorneys' hourly rates.

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"I think that the denial is unjustifiable," said Robert J. Freeman, executive director of the state's Committee on Open Government.

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Ogdensburg (N.Y.) executive sessions violated law, official says

From WatertownDailyTimes.com:

OGDENSBURG — Much of the work the City Council has done to resolve the issue of City Manager Arthur J. Sciorra’s employment has been done behind closed doors, but a state official says the manner by which it entered its executive session violated state open meetings laws.

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More information available under new NY open government law

From The Daily Cortlandt:

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – The agendas and supporting documents for most government meetings will have to be posted online at least a day in advance, according to a bill that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law last week, as an amendment to New York’s Open Meetings laws.

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N.Y. law makes records more accessible online, at meetings

From lohud.com:

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that requires state and local governments to post materials online before a meeting, or provide copies before or at the meeting when possible.

The new law applies to records scheduled to be discussed during an open meeting, including proposed resolutions, laws, rules, policies and amendments.

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