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Cuomo appoints Bewlay to lead Committee on Open Government

The Committee on Open Government has new leadership.

Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed a veteran lawyer to lead the committee, which advocates for government transparency.

Shoshanah Bewlay, who serves as general counsel for the state Office of Information Technology Services, will take over the post, which was previously held by 72-year-old Robert Freeman. He was accused of sexual misconduct, and after his dismissal, the post was left vacant.

But the Committee on Open Government continued to issue opinions, and answer questions for the press and taxpayers.

Earlier this month, the Committee on Open Government issued an opinion on a meeting held by the Seneca County Board of Supervisors in the Finger Lakes.

Bewlay brings private and public sector experience to the Committee. The Committee has an intense online directory of advisory opinions, which can be searched by the public to answer basic questions or address essential issues.

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