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Freedom of Information Law, Open Government Expert to Speak at Morrisville State College Nov. 4

MORRISVILLE, NY—A presentation by Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Open Government expert Robert Freeman, executive director of the New York State Committee on Open Government, will be held on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Morrisville State College.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities (STUAC) Little Theater.

The presentation is for anyone who wants to learn about FOIL, which provides the public with the right to access certain government records, and for government officials uncertain of what they have to disclose and what they can try to keep private.

Discussions will include how meetings are to be conducted, what records have to be kept and the legal foundations for a public body to enter an executive session.

Freeman will explain the scope of FOIL, how it relates to various records and e-mail communications, and what categories of information are exempt. He will also answer questions following the event, which is being hosted by the Madison County Courier, Madison County’s new and first exclusively online newspaper.

For information, call Martha Conway at the Madison County Courier, 315-813-0124 or e-mail

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.