A Report Grading the Websites of Local Authorities

Mar. 12, 2018

This week is Sunshine Week, where the importance of open government and a free press is celebrated across the country. We will be doing our part by holding a press conference on Tuesday March 13th at 10:00 a.m.

PRESS RELEASE

RE:   BUFFALO NIAGARA COALITION FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT PRESS CONFERENCE

RELEASING UPDATED LOCAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITE REPORT & A REPORT GRADING THE WEBSITES OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES 

CONTACT Paul Wolf, Esq. (716) 435-4976 (Cell and Text Messages)

Paulwolf2@gmail.com

MARCH 13, 2018, 10:00 A.M.

WILLIAMSVILLE VILLAGE HALL (INSIDE)

5565 MAIN STREET, WILLIAMSVILLE, NY

Join concerned citizens as we celebrate Sunshine Week by releasing two reports regarding local government websites in Erie and Niagara County.

In 2017, 14 out of 16 local governments received an F grade due to their failure to:

  • post meeting agendas and minutes in a timely fashion
  • display FOIL information on their home page in a visible location
  • post financial disclosure forms for elected officials

In 2018, the grades for local governments have improved but we still have a long way to go. In 2018, 10 out of 16 local governments received a failing grade.

This year 14 local Authorities such as the Erie County Water Authority, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, Niagara Falls Water Board, etc. were rated and the scores were shameful! 13 out of 14 Authorities received a failing grade.

The Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government is calling for amendments to the New York State Open Meetings Law and for the New York State Comptroller to perform audits to monitor and enforce compliance with the Open Meetings Law and the Freedom of Information Act.

Help us in our effort to demand local government that is open and accountable to citizens and the news media.

For more information about the Coalition, visit our website www.nyopengov.org.

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