Monday, December 19, 2011

How ethics and transparency work in NYS

The new panel charged with regulating ethics in state government met late last week.

It met in secret.

It met with no public notice.

A spokesman for the Joint Commission on Public Ethics defended the move, citing the board’s exemption from the state’s Open Meetings Law.

That’s right: a committee set up to regulate public ethics and transparency is legally allowed to meet in complete secrecy.

Is it any wonder why New York state government has such an abysmal reputation for good governance?

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