Open government expert’s removal offers opportunity to boost freedom of information laws

Good government groups are hopeful that the ouster of the state’s transparency guru in June after he was credibly accused of “sexually inappropriate” behavior could aid a push for stronger laws to better protect the public’s right-to-know.

Robert Freeman’s “departure is a perfect opportunity to reassess Freedom of Information Law as a whole and think about how do we make it work better,” said John Kaehny, executive director of Reinvent Albany, an advocacy group that fights for increased transparency and accountability in state, city and local governments.

Freeman was fired in June.

Picking Freeman’s replacement is left to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has not yet made any public announcement of potential candidates to lead the Committee on Open Government.

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