The whole thing comes on the heels of criticism from the Civil Service Employees Association, which argued that the Otsego County Board’s decision to sell the Manor violated open meetings law.
“The actions of the Otsego County board go completely against the principles of transparency and representative government,” Carpenter wrote in a prepared statement about the board meeting.
Carpenter went on to allege that board members intentionally tried to sneak the resolution past an unsuspecting public without facing comment on what proved to be a controversial decision.
Whether unwittingly or intentionally, violations of the open meeting law are to be taken seriously. The law’s goal of an informed citizenry can only be achieved when people have full knowledge of, and access to, the workings of the political system — from the smallest “get-togethers” to the highest levels of government.