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Robert Freeman is the executive director of the New York State Committee on Open Government, one of just a handful of agencies of its kind nationwide.

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Committee on Open Government director an idealist at heart

For many, the heady dreams and lofty ideals of the 1960s gave way to more pragmatic goals; it was less about saving the world and more about saving for retirement. But that wasn’t necessarily the case for Bob Freeman. “When I was in college in the late 1960s, it was the era of protest and idealism,” Freeman said. “Many of us were very much involved in the civil rights and antiwar movements. So what did we do? We sat around talking about how we were going to change the world. What I’ve discovered is that if we can make a dent in the world, that is a sign of success.”

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