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MY VIEW The abuse of executive session

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Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012 12:00 am

Once again, the Register-Star reports on a public body seeming to improperly close the door on the citizens and go into executive session to discuss the people’s business (“Supervisors continue talks over pay raises behind closed doors,” Nov. 30, 2012). This time, it was the BOS Salary Committee holding “a two-hour executive session to discuss requests by various county department heads for raises, the potential restructuring of departments and ways to standardize pay.”

This paper has reported on numerous other occasions when various public bodies — whether the County Board of Supervisors, a town board, a school board, or some other body — have improperly and unlawfully gone into executive session to conduct in secret what is required by New York State Law to be conducted in an open public meeting. Far more instances go uncovered and unreported.

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