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State's 'open government' expert to explain law at public forum

Robert J. Freeman, executive director of the New York Committee on Open Government, will explain the state's "open government" laws and answer questions in a public forum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Buffalo History Museum on Nottingham Terrace, just east of Elmwood Avenue at Route 198.

Freeman will discuss the legal requirements for obtaining information under the state's Freedom of Information Law and for conducting meetings in accord with the Open Meetings Law. The session comes in the wake of regular complaints about local government officials not conducting business in accordance with state laws.

The event is co-sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government and the League of Women Voters. The forum is free, but attendees are asked to register online at




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