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The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'A for Accountability' Award

to those who are willing to whistleblow unjust, misleading, or false actions and claims of the politico-educational complex in order to bring about educational reform in favor of children of all races, intellectual ability and economic status. They ask questions that need to be asked, such as "where is the money?" and "Why does it have to be this way?" and they never give up. These people have withstood adversity and have held those who seem not to believe in honesty, integrity and compassion accountable for their actions. The winners of our "A" work to expose wrong-doing not for themselves, but for others - total strangers - for the "Greater Good"of the community and, by their actions, exemplify courage and self-less passion. They are parent advocates. We salute you.

Winners of the "A":

Johnnie Mae Allen
Dee Alpert
Francesco Alexander Portelos
Harris Lirtzman
Hipolito Colon
Jim Calantjis
Larry Fisher
The Giraffe Project and Giraffe Heroes' Program
Jimmy Kilpatrick and George Scott
Zach Kopplin
Matthew LaClair
Wangari Maathai
Erich Martel
Steve Orel, in memoriam, Interversity, and The World of Opportunity
Marla Ruzicka, in Memoriam
Nancy Swan
Bob Witanek
Peyton Wolcott
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Why is the New York State Ethics Commission Denying the Public Access to Records?
The courts have upheld the commission's rules prohibiting the general public from copying, photographing or reproducing the records, which are again, available for public inspection.
          
Ethics Commission foils freedom of information law
December 15, 2005

The purposes of the New York freedom of information and open meetings laws are to shine light on the internal workings of government and enable the general public to make informed choices in the voting booth.

However, regarding the New York State Ethics Commission, the Legislature has left loopholes in the law that allow the governor's people on the Ethics Commission to make rules and regulation impeding the general public's access to records, which Executive Law 94(17)(a) makes available for public inspection. The courts have upheld the commission's rules prohibiting the general public from copying, photographing or reproducing the records, which are again, available for public inspection.

As a result, a taxpayer from Corning would have to drive 3.5 hours to Albany to inspect records that may be grossly incomplete or extensively redacted, not to mention the personal expense and inconvenience.

Tell your state representatives that you want open, transparent government. You want to know that those who are required to file financial disclosure statements are making decisions in the public's interest, not their own.

DAN STUART
Pine City

New York State Ethics Committee Executive Law 94

 
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