NYS Business Council Opposes Transparency
by Buck Quigley - posted 2:52 pm, March 13, 2012
The Business Council of New York State—of which the State University of New York at Buffalo is a dues-paying member—officially opposes a bill that would expand freedom of information coverage to include public university research foundations, LLCs, and not-for-profits.
The bill, introduced last year in the NYS Senate by Kenneth LaValle (R) and in the Assembly by Deborah Glick (D), is moving through the legislature with bipartisan support. Notably absent is support from the western New York delegation, whose UB 2020 plan is built on the necessity that groups like the UB Foundation can operate in secret without public disclosure.
The NYSUNY 2020 legislation that ultimately passed last year included language that limited insider deals with foundation board members. Since then, all members of the Ciminelli family have mysteriously left their positions at the UB Foundation.
Click here to read why the Business Council thinks openness is a bad idea.