Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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Recent Webcasts

Dairy Promotion Order Advisory Board

Milk Marketing Advisory Council

Advisory Council for Agriculture (ACA)

NYS Pollinator Task Force

NYS Soil and Water Conservation Committee

Wood Products Development Council

Past Webcasts

NYS Soil and Water Conservation Committee

NYS Industrial Exhibit Authority Board Meeting

Task Force on Retired Race Horses

The Committee on Open Government is responsible for overseeing and advising with regard to the Freedom of Information, Open Meetings and Personal Privacy Protection Laws (Public Officers Law, Articles 6, 7 and 6-A respectively).

The Freedom of Information Law pertains to the public's right to government records; the Open Meetings Law concerns the public's right to attend meetings of public bodies. Both of these statutes are based upon a presumption of access and, since their initial enactment, have undergone significant changes based largely upon recommendations made by the Committee.

The Personal Privacy Protection Law, enacted in 1984, pertains to personal information collected and maintained by state agencies. State agencies are required to meet standards of fair information practices regarding the collection, maintenance, use and disclosure of personal information. The law enables individuals to correct or amend records pertaining to them, grants individuals broad rights of access to records pertaining to them, and prohibits the release of personal information, except under circumstances specified in the Law.

Specific responsibilities of the Committee under the Freedom of Information Law involve furnishing advisory opinions, both oral and written, to any person and promulgating rules and regulations relative to procedural aspects of the Law. The Open Meetings Law requires that the Committee provide advice to any person. Advisory opinions are also prepared concerning the Personal Privacy Protection Law at the request of persons who are subjects of records covered by the Law, as well as at the request of state agencies seeking to comply with that statute.

The Committee is required to submit a single comprehensive annual report to the Governor and the Legislature describing the Committee's experience under each of the statutes and recommendations for improving them.

The Committee and the laws it oversees have gained national and international recognition as models for other jurisdictions. Its work and experience have been shared with access professionals at international conferences, and it is represented through membership in the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws and the Media Law Committee of the New York State Bar Association.