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Schenectady County Legislature Democrats' caucuses criticized as violating law

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The legality of the Schenectady County Legislature Democrats’ longstanding practice of meeting behind closed doors is being debated after a third Conservative legislator joined the majority caucus last month. Niskayuna resident Elmer Bertsch said the so-called caucus meetings are a violation of the state Open Meetings Law, and Bob Freeman, executive director of the state Committee on Open Government, agreed. “Government decisions have to be made in public and they are not,” said Bertsch, 74, ...

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July 11, 2014
7:31 a.m.

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The fact of the matter remains that in a place as desperate as Schenectady - everything should be transparent unless these people want to wake up one day and find they are the only ones left. The needs of the people who live here are about as low down the list as is possible. I am a LONG time registered democrat who now crosses party lines frequently because of the incompetence of the party members in this city and county. Unless they have something to hide - open the doors.