Monthly Archives: December 2015

FOILS to New York City’s Mayoral Agencies Outnumber those to City Council 500 to 1

In 2013, New York City mayoral agencies (like NYPD, DOT etc) received 50,000 Freedom of Information Law requests and the City Council under 100. (One report says Council received a total of 77 FOILs.) Mayoral agencies get so many more FOIL requests because they perform many more functions which immediately effect the FOILing public, including providing […]

Assessment of Governor’s Veto Message and FOIL Executive Order

Governor Cuomo recently vetoed two bills that would have strengthened the Freedom of Information Law. The vetoed bills were introduced at the behest of the State Committee on Open Government, and were intended to address long-standing problems the public faces when agencies refuse to obey FOIL. The bills were strongly supported by leading public interest […]

Decision Day for Gov Cuomo on Bills Strengthening Freedom of Information Law

By tonight at midnight, Governor Cuomo will either have signed or vetoed two bills which strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Law. The governor will make his decision at the same time a jury is deciding corruption charges against former senate leader Dean Skelos, and just weeks after another jury convicted Sheldon Silver. The two […]