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April 21, 2009

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Charis

The article also lists another FOIA related winner:

EDITORIAL WRITING: Mark Mahoney of The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y.

Mahoney won for what the judges said were his "relentless, down-to-earth editorials on the perils of local government secrecy, effectively admonishing citizens to uphold their right to know."

Mahoney's editorials urge residents of this largely rural area on the southern edge of the Adirondack Mountains to demand accountability from government. One editorial ran beside a sample Freedom of Information Law request, while another compared a closed-door meeting of representatives of a local town board and the state comptroller's office to a "clandestine affair at a sleazy roadside motel."

Mahoney said he was especially happy to win for his writing about open government.

"If I'm going to win, I'm glad it's for that," he said. "I think this indicates that we really are making a difference."

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