Albany FOIL wait: four months for five letters

This piece was by staff writer Amanda Spadaro:

A September 2017 request for documents under the Freedom of Information Law to the Governor’s Office was finally answered this week, more than four months after the Times Herald-Record submitted it and more than a month after the bill it pertained to was already vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The request, filed on Sept. 13, 2017, asked for all correspondence the executive chamber received regarding the state Assembly and Senate bills that would allow school districts to elect board members through a ward system. The bill was delivered to Cuomo on Dec. 6, giving him until Dec. 18 to act on the bill before it would have become law automatically. He veoted it on that final day.

The state requested three separate extensions to comply with the FOIL request, most recently saying it expected to provide a response on Jan. 19, 2018. The response finally came through on Jan. 30 – six weeks after the veto, and now into a new legislative session.

It amounted to five pieces of correspondence, including letters from the New York Council of School Superintendents, the New York State School Boards Association and Kiryas Joel School District Superintendent Joel Petlin.

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