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Mark Mahoney's Your Right to Know
by Mark Mahoney

Your Right to Know

A Daily Gazette opinion blog
An interactive forum for readers on open government issues.

Cuomo signs bill cutting FOIL delays

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose administration is not exactly known for transparency and strict adherence to the principle of open government, nonetheless did the public a great service by signing a bill that will make it much harder for government agencies to keep information from the public.
The bill cuts down from nine months to 60 days the amount of time a government body could take to prepare an appeal in cases where a court had ordered the release of a document. These delaying tactics often resulted in citizens and businesses abandoning their requests for public documents due to costs and timeliness.
Our editorial on Wednesday articulates why this is such a victory for your right to know. Here's a link to it: www.dailygazette.com/news/2016/nov/30/1130_editrtk/?dgzed.
And since the governor is in such a generous mood, we hope he'll continue to push for other pending legislation, also discussed in the editorial, that will further increase the public's access to their government.

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