Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Sun is Shining in the New York 20th

Despite the mostly cloudy forecast for the Hudson Valley, Representative Kirsten Gillibrand is shining some sunlight on the 20th District. The Times reported yesterday that shortly after taking office, Gillibrand directed her staff to publish her daily schedule online so her constituents know exactly whom she is taking meetings with. She calls it the Sunlight Report.

We think this is a really impressive act of transparency on Gillibrand’s part, and we encourage all elected officials on the federal, state, and local level to do the same thing. And before anyone complains that this would be prohibitively expensive or time-consuming, officials could simply set up a blog on one of the many free sites and take five minutes a day to type up a few lines.

(Hat tip to Room Eight for catching this one.)

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