dunkirk No excuses for government agencies

There is no excuse for government agencies to not let the public know of an upcoming meeting, even if it is one that is being scheduled in a hurry. But that is what the Dunkirk Housing Authority carelessly did on June 17.

It held a meeting with no public notice. It broke the law.

It is not acceptable, but unfortunately, is has become the norm for what has been taking place in recent months. An executive director is dismissed, an attorney resigns and funds are missing then paid back.

For years, the authority operated quietly and was not under the microscope. Abrupt changes, however, mean board members who oversee the more than $5 million organization — almost all of it taxpayer dollars — need to be more accountable.

That includes following the law.