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.