Freedom Of Information. Legal news and articles for April 27 - 30, 2017

Lack of transparency in New York Government abetted by Federal failure to comply with open records lawsBabylon Village didn't disclose $190G in unbudgeted raises, records showSuicide attempts recorded as 'individual inmate disturbance' at county jailRody hit over threats on journalistsLake County clarifies freedom of information policyThailand: Draft Media Law Threatens News ReportingGerman Flatts mobile home park continues fight to stay openH.R. 1694 Legislation Passes And Can Be A Game Changer For Fannie And FreddieInvoices document village's dealings with law firmCroton-Harmon investigation: No discrimination, harassment violationsThe State sues House GOP for records in corruption probeReporters Without Borders: Journalists in the Western Balkans faced with political pressure'Open data' a good move for Syracuse government transparency (Editorial)Poughkeepsie district plans to address auditors' concernsPotential demo of New Hartford home spells plight for residents

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Social promotion is the winner as teacher evaluations are gutted
Journal InquirerApril 6, 2017

That's why teacher evaluations, alone of evaluations of government employees in Connecticut, are exempt from disclosure under state freedom-of-information law. Yet who has more influence in society -- sanitation workers, office clerks, or teachers? It ...more »

De Blasio wins suit over destruction of municipal ID records
New York PostApril 7, 2017

“What does it mean if a government entity is allowed to destroy documents that are … subject to [the Freedom of Information Law and] judicial inquiries, and could be used to aid law enforcement?” she said in a statement. “We intend to pursue further ...more »

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Lack of transparency in New York Government abetted by Federal failure to comply with open records laws
Progress Queens (registration)April 30, 2017

In 2014, POLITICO published a report noting that the DOJ was the top defendant in lawsuits brought by filers of Freedom of Information Act requests, aiming to compel the agency to comply with the Federal open records law. In 2016, a note published by ...more »

Babylon Village didn't disclose $190G in unbudgeted raises, records show
NewsdayApril 30, 2017

The village board approved about half of the raises — for unionized employees — by adopting a new collective bargaining agreement at a public meeting in May 2016. ... Robert J. Freeman, the executive director of the state's Committee on Open ...more »

Suicide attempts recorded as 'individual inmate disturbance' at county jail
Buffalo NewsApril 30, 2017

Using the Freedom of Information Law, The Buffalo News has obtained records showing five inmates since 2013 engaged in acts that met the state's definition of attempted suicide. After reading them, staff at the Commission of Correction agreed that each ...more »

Rody hit over threats on journalists
Philippine StarApril 29, 2017

The Philippines lacks a robust freedom of information law, and national security and privacy justifications are regularly employed to obstruct access to government information, said the Freedom of the Press 2017 report released here on Friday. It ...more »

Lake County clarifies freedom of information policy
Chicago TribuneApril 28, 2017

Lake County is trying to smooth out how county departments handle freedom of information requests, revising its policy after an initial rollout out last week. The Board of Commissioners aimed to create policy to ensure information requests filed with ...more »

Thailand: Draft Media Law Threatens News Reporting
Human Rights Watch (press release)April 28, 2017

“The misnamed media rights and freedom law is the junta's latest attempt to increase government interference and control of any independent news reporting,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “Passage of this draft law would mean that reporters in ...more »

German Flatts mobile home park continues fight to stay open
The Times TelegramApril 28, 2017

The town has accrued at least $217,305 in legal fees, according to town records recently obtained by Virginia Jaquish through a Freedom of Information Law request. The couple keeps passersby along Route 168 updated about the town's spending through a ...more »

H.R. 1694 Legislation Passes And Can Be A Game Changer For Fannie And Freddie
Seeking AlphaApril 28, 2017

H.R. 1694 passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today by unanimous approval. I believe this will lead to the next leg up in Fannie and Freddie stocks. Under current law, the Freedom of Information Act does not apply to FNMA and ...more »

Invoices document village's dealings with law firm
Bennington Banner (subscription)April 28, 2017

There are numerous instances of attorneys reviewing media reports. Entries show the ... Trustees voted unanimously at a special emergency meeting on Monday to end the contract with the Glens Falls-based law firm and release invoices. The Albany Times ...more »

Croton-Harmon investigation: No discrimination, harassment violations
The Journal News | LoHud.comApril 27, 2017

The county attorney's office denied Rusk's request for information related to the case because family court proceedings are confidential, the letter said. The Journal News/lohud has filed a Freedom of Information Law request for Rusk's full report.more »

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 »

'Open data' a good move for Syracuse government transparency (Editorial)
Syracuse.comApril 27, 2017

Right now, people seeking information from City Hall must file a Freedom of Information Law request, triggering a review by city lawyers and often a delay before records are turned over. It's a cumbersome and often unnecessary process. The open data ...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 »

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