No secret emails on block grants after all
Last week, we were critical of a plan by Schenectady City Council President Margaret King to accept council members' recommendations regarding federal Community Development Block Grants through secret emails. We thought the public had a right to know what its representatives were thinking on the subject.
Gazette reporter Kathleen Moore filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request for the emails, at least a portion of which would have been available to the public under state open government laws.
But now, King says the council won't communicate its recommendations by email and instead will discuss them in public at its meeting tonight, starting at 5 p.m.
It's the way it should have been done in the first place, but King and the council should be commended for reversing their position. Still, the delay only gives citizens one week to comment before the council is scheduled to vote on its recommendations next Monday. So if you are concerned about the grant funding -- which many people are -- attend the meeting tonight and/or get your comments to council members before next Monday's meeting.
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-- Mark Mahoney