Op-ed | Elected officials should make transparency their New Year’s resolution
FILE – A partial views of the New York state Capitol building, left, is shown next to the state Appellate court building in foreground, right, Monday, April 4, 2022, in Albany, N.Y. A panel of five mid-level New York appellate judges have ruled on Thursday, April 21, 2022 that state Democrats engaged in gerrymandering when drawing new congressional district boundaries for the next decade. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
This month, many have started the New Year with goals to exercise more, eat better, lose weight, etc. January is also when newly elected public servants or incumbents starting another term take office across New York State.
Old habits are hard to change in people and especially hard to change in government. The biggest issue in government today is the lack of trust the public has in their elected leaders. The best way to build trust as an elected official is through transparency.