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*NEW! October 2020: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo extends suspension of in-person meeting requirement of Open Meetings Law until November 3 in Executive Order 202.67

* September 2020: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo extends suspension of in-person meeting requirement of Open Meetings Law until October 4 in Executive Order 202.60

* August 2020: Recently Issued Advisory Opinion Regarding the Open Meetings Law and Executive Orders Relating to a Declared Disaster Emergency

* August 2020: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo extends suspension of in-person meeting requirement of Open Meetings Law until September 4 in Executive Order 202.55

* July 2020: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo extends suspension of in-person meeting requirement of Open Meetings Law until August 5 in Executive Order 202.48

* June 2020: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo extends suspension of in-person meeting requirement of Open Meetings Law until July 6 in Executive Order 202.38

* May 2020: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo extends suspension of in-person meeting requirement of Open Meetings Law until June 6 in Executive Order 202.28

* April 2020: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo extends suspension of in-person meeting requirement of Open Meetings Law through May 7 in Executive Order 202.14

* March 2020: Recently Issued Advisory Opinions Regarding the Open Meetings Law and Executive Order 202.1

* March 2020: Governor Issues Executive Order 202.1 which suspends certain requirements of the Open Meetings Law to allow the attendance of meetings telephonically or other similar service

 

January 2020 - New York State Department of State Announces New Executive Director of Committee on Open Government

February 2019 - Updates to FOIL and OML Case Law Summaries

December 2019 - Annual Report to the Governor and State Legislature


2019 Annual Report (pdf)

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Open Meetings Law Advisory Opinions

Committee staff prepares written advisory opinions in response to particular sets of facts and circumstances. Many are available online, organized by key phrase. For example, if you were interested in knowing whether a board is required to post notice of its meetings online, you would review opinions by clicking on “N” in the above index, then scrolling down to “Notice.” Please note that more recent opinions have been assigned higher numbers.

Above the alphabet grid is a text search box. If you are unable to locate an opinion through the key phrase index, you may search using a word or phrase that describes the topic of your interest and click “Go!”.

The opinions represent the views of the Committee on Open Government at the time that they were rendered. They may no longer represent those views if, for example, there have been subsequent court decisions or statutory amendments that bear on the issues discussed in the opinions.

Due to the repetition of the substance of various opinions, not all opinions are available online. Only those that have been determined to have precedential value or that are in some manner unique are included.

Advisory opinions that are not available online, primarily those prepared prior to 1993, are maintained by the Committee on Open Government and at various law libraries throughout the state. Copies of opinions are available by contacting the Committee.