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Cuomo Signs Bill Making Records Publicly Available Prior to Meetings

Bill aims to increase transparency and civic participation in the process of government.

 

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed the A72-B/S3255-B bill Thursday, sponsored by New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale, to increase transparency and civic participation in the process of government.

According to nysenate.gov, this law "Requires records, including a proposed resolution, law, rule, regulation, policy or amendment thereto, scheduled to be presented and discussed by a public body at an open meeting be made available for review to the public; requires such records be made available on the agency's website if it is regularly updated and they utilize a high speed internet connection."

As a result of the law, which amends the public officers law, members of the public will have access to documents before scheduled open meetings of public bodies, such as school boards, state agencies, and village, town and city boards.

According to a release from Paulin, "This measure of transparency will serve to increase the involvement of the public, as well as reduce the need for Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests, which can be costly for state agencies to process."

"It is an important law, because offering the public the opportunity to more effectively participate in the process helps elected bodies conduct fair evaluations," Paulin said.

Both the Lynbrook School District and the East Rockaway School District post the Board of Education meeting agendas on their websites prior to meetings. They could not be reached immediately for comment Tuesday.

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