Category Archives: regulations

Open meetings

It seems that the Trenton town board members who met last week to discuss an alleged copper theft at the town’s recycling center might have done so illegally because the meeting was not publicized.  Read the story in the utica OD.

Information on open government and freedom of information (FOIL) can be found here New York State Committee On Open Government (COOG) The Committee on Open Government is responsible for overseeing and advising with regard to the Freedom of Information, Open Meetings and Personal Privacy Protection Laws.  It’s a great site.  I hope that anyone involved in government on any level and concerned citizens will avail  themselves of this resource and refer to it often.

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The new paradigm, 15 minutes of criminal behavior

Heading back to work this week, Americans were greeted not only by a new year but also by a whole slew of new laws — 31,000 of them at the state level — covering everything from guns to 100-watt light bulbs to, of course, “health care.” As usual, most of these laws tell us what we can’t do: texting while driving (duh), cyberbullying and smoking in bars.

In the near future, everyone will be a criminal for at least 15 minutes, whether they know it or not.