Robert Freeman

Robert J. Freeman, Executive Director New York State Committee on Open Government
NYS Forum

Just how transparent and open is New York state government and the hundreds of local and county governments across the state? That question will be at the center of the discussion tomorrow evening in Woodstock as the Executive Director of the New York State Committee on Open Government, Robert Freeman, speaks at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center. The speech, which begins at 7, is free and open to the public. In advance of the speech, Freeman spoke to WAMC.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York state assemblyman introduced legislation today to dissolve the Committee on Open Government and replace it with a commission that has enforcement powers. He says the bill was prompted by the Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel’s alleged closed government tactics.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has come under increasing scrutiny for practices that appear to contrast his campaign pledge of historic transparency.

Last week, it was reported that Cuomo does not use email for official correspondence, relying instead on proprietary blackberry pin-to-pin messages, which leave no paper trail.