Freedom Of Information. Legal news and articles for April 25 - 27, 2017

The State sues House GOP for records in corruption probeReporters Without Borders: Journalists in the Western Balkans faced with political pressurePoughkeepsie district plans to address auditors' concernsPotential demo of New Hartford home spells plight for residentsStonington to release operations report Friday'Gerry was always there': Family mourns Green Street fire victim Blaze does not appear suspiciousIsrael: Human Rights Watch Granted Work PermitState delays releasing city of Albany budget reportInvoices detail hidden legal work in Hoosick FallsFOIC: Meriden meeting agendas 'vague' on executive sessionPedro Abad: 'God is always there, regardless'Dering Harbor adopts 2017/18 budget, chooses water tank contractorVA defends employee's anti-Trump tweets, book plugs as 'freedom of speech'Editorial: When citizens have to sueHoosick Falls ends business with local law firm amid PFOA crisis

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Kearns asks U.S. Attorney to investigate Buffalo Psychiatric Center
WBFOApril 12, 2017

Following a recent violent incident at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, as well as the acquisition of documents reporting dozens of deaths there over a three-year span, State Assemblyman Michael Kearns is asking the local acting U.S. Attorney to look ...more »

Water Authority hires lawyers at $400 an hour but won't say why
Buffalo NewsApril 19, 2017

The Erie County Water Authority board hired the Phillips Lytle law firm on an "emergency" basis late last year, agreeing to pay its lawyers an hourly rate of $400 to $435 an hour. The agency said only that the lawyers were needed because of "improper ...more »

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The State sues House GOP for records in corruption probe
The StateApril 27, 2017

Citing the entire S.C. Freedom of Information Act, Moore said that he had carefully reviewed The State's requests “and the applicable law” and concluded that the “requests are not appropriately directed to the (S.C. House Republican Caucus ...more »

Reporters Without Borders: Journalists in the Western Balkans faced with political pressure
European Western Balkans (press release)April 27, 2017

RSF suggests that this EU candidate country needs better implementation of legislation which guarantees freedom of expression, adding that even with the freedom of information laws being adopted, journalists still have limited access to the state-held ...more »

Poughkeepsie district plans to address auditors' concerns
Poughkeepsie JournalApril 27, 2017

The Bonadio Group examined the district's basic financial statements for the 2015-16 year when conducting its external audit, according to reports obtained by the Journal through the Freedom of Information Law. In the group's opinion, the statements ...more »

Potential demo of New Hartford home spells plight for residents
Utica Observer DispatchApril 27, 2017

She said she has a medical condition and qualifies for disability payments, while her husband is unemployed and has an ankle wound from a past fracture. Town records obtained through a Freedom of Information Law request show at least six codes ...more »

Stonington to release operations report Friday
theday.com (subscription)April 27, 2017

State Freedom of Information law requires boards voting to go into executive session to discuss pending litigation to name the lawsuit. When asked what suit the board would be discussing, Diette refused to comment. The revised reason for the executive ...more »

'Gerry was always there': Family mourns Green Street fire victim Blaze does not appear suspicious
The Daily GazetteApril 26, 2017

That follow up would likely fall to the law department, McCarthy said. The department told The Gazette Wednesday that information regarding the building's code enforcement records would need to be accessed through a Freedom of Information Law request.more »

Israel: Human Rights Watch Granted Work Permit
Human Rights WatchApril 26, 2017

Data from the Population and Immigration Authority obtained by Haaretz via a Freedom of Information Law in February 2017 indicates a ninefold increase in the number of visitors to Israel denied entry over the past five years. In March, the Knesset ...more »

State delays releasing city of Albany budget report
Laredo Morning TimesApril 26, 2017

This is the second extension the state office has requested since the Times Union filed a Freedom of Information Law request on Feb. 21. On Feb. 28, the budget office estimated the request would be completed by April 24, stating officials needed more ...more »

Invoices detail hidden legal work in Hoosick Falls
Albany Times UnionApril 25, 2017

The village's response, prepared by the law firm, said the blacked-out information was "attorney-client privileged information." The information blacked-out in the invoices, when compared with the documents released by the village this week, indicates ...more »

FOIC: Meriden meeting agendas 'vague' on executive session
Meriden Record-JournalApril 25, 2017

While certain topics are exempt under public meeting law and can be discussed in closed session, those topics must still be listed on the agenda. Some items on the council's agenda could be considered too vague under state Freedom of Information Act ...more »

Pedro Abad: 'God is always there, regardless'
SILive.comApril 25, 2017

They argue the city's plan to destroy personal documents associated with it, like foreign and U.S. passports, visas, birth certificates, and utility bills and leases, would hinder law enforcement efforts and violate Freedom of Information laws that ...more »

Dering Harbor adopts 2017/18 budget, chooses water tank contractor
Shelter Island ReporterApril 25, 2017

The mayor also noted that the Press Club of Long Island had given the Village an “A-plus” rating for transparency. The rating was based on the village's response to requests under the Freedom of Information Law and the accessibility of information on ...more »

VA defends employee's anti-Trump tweets, book plugs as 'freedom of speech'
Washington ExaminerApril 25, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs is dismissing the actions of an employee who has written anti-Trump tweets and is promoting her own books on Twitter as someone who is simply exercising her "freedom of speech." The VA has also promoted the employee's ...more »

Editorial: When citizens have to sue
Albany Times Union (blog)April 25, 2017

One of the most glaring deficiencies in the state's 39-year-old Freedom of Information Law is its lack of teeth when it comes to public officials who refuse to provide clearly public information to members of the public. They may ignore a FOIL request ...more »

Hoosick Falls ends business with local law firm amid PFOA crisis
NEWS10 ABCApril 25, 2017

But there is more. Mayor Rob Allen announced that along with the termination of the agreement with the law firm, the village will also honor Freedom of Information requests from the media regarding invoices to and from the firm without redacted ...more »

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