Over the past couple of years, we’ve encountered a number of occasions when boards or committees of public officials have gone into secret “executive sessions” for questionable reasons or blocked or delayed access to clearly public documents and information because it was inconvenient at that time to release the public information.
We know it can be a pain in the backside to deal with pesky reporters and cranky citizens impacted by government decisions. But it seems to us that this is part of the drill when you sign up for public service. There are laws that govern the level of access that must be granted to public meetings and records, and so it is refreshing to see that a primer on these laws has now been scheduled on this very topic at Milford Central School.
The workshop — titled Understanding the Freedom of Information and Public Meetings Law — will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 26. It will be conducted by attorney Douglas H. Zamelis of Springfield and Robert Nied, director of the Center for Sustainable Rural Communities, and is sponsored by several local groups and Zamelis.
JOE MAHONEY is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.