A friend sent me a link to an interview that David Lombardo did with Robert Freeman, executive director of the New York State Committee on Open Government.
David Lombardo is the son of Barbara Lombardo who recently retired as editor of the Saratogian. Mr. Lombardo worked for the Daily Gazette newspaper some years ago and part of his beat was Saratoga Springs. He was an excellent reporter.
Robert “Bob” Feeman is my hero. He has worked in his current job for over forty years. I believe he retired briefly but returned to the job. Consistent with the mission of his office he is extraordinarily accessible. On a number of occasions he answered the phone himself when I called his agency. He was like having your own lawyer. On occasion, when I asked about the accessibility of a document under the Freedom Of Information Law he would offer advice as to how to make the request so that it fit within the law. In an age in which government institutions have become increasingly hostile to requests for information, it is quite amazing that Mr. Freeman has survived. I expect it is because, aside from being a person committed to the mission of his organization, he is a very good lawyer.