Committee on Open Government Video

Screen shot of COOG Educational Video, COOG Director Bob FreemanThis Committee on Open Government education video, which gives an explanation of FOIL, as well as the Open Meetings Law, is available on the Department of State's website at www.dos.ny.gov , YouTube, as well as DVD upon request to the Committee by calling (518) 474-2518.
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. 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. 

 

Committee on Open Government Introduction Video (6:47)* (Temporarily Unavailable)

*(Running time is 6 minutes, 47 seconds)

Chapter 1 - Introduction (1:28)

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Chapter 2 - Open Meetings Law (:44)

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Chapter 3 - Advisory Bodies (1:47)

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Chapter 4 - What is a Meeting? (1:12)

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Chapter 5 - Chance Meetings (:42)

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Chapter 6 - Social Gatherings (:47)

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Chapter 7 - Political Caucuses (1:28)

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Chapter 8 - E-Mail Communications (2:20)

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Chapter 9 - Site Visit (1:23)

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Chapter 10 - Notice of Meetings (1:14)

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Chapter 11 - Penalties and Enforcement (:49)

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Chapter 12 -Executive Session (1:29)

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Chapter 13 - Personnel (1:21)

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Chapter 14 - Motion for Executive Session (1:02)

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Chapter 15 - Attorney Client Privilege (1:03)

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Chapter 16 - Minutes (2:14)

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Chapter 17- Freedom of Information Law (1:15)

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Chapter 18 - Records (1:45)

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Chapter 19 - Presumption of Access (:19)

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Chapter 20 - Intra-Agency Materials (3:47)

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Chapter 21 - Fees (:38)

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Chapter 22 - Requests by E-mail (:43)

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Chapter 23 - Time Limits for Response (2:24)

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Chapter 24 - Enforcement and Attorney Fees (:24)

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Chapter 25 - Making Proper Requests (2:30)

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Chapter 26 - FOIL and Privacy (4:31)

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Chapter 27 -Conclusion (:56)

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