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Local government should be transparent

We hear about transparency frequently. It's become a buzz word used by politicians, and especially by their critics, so frequently that it seems too often to have lost its meaning. Everyone wants transparency, but we've learned that achieving it is rare.

I am among the fortunate few to be employed by the government to promote open government. The New York Committee on Open Government was created in 1974 (when I was loaned, temporarily, to get this new office off the ground) as part of the state's Freedom of Information Law, commonly known as "FOIL". Our function is simple: we offer advice,...


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