NY Towns miss deadline on FOI request

Freedom of Information requests submitted April 15 to the towns of Ridgeway and Shelby (NY) for public records related to the proposed dissolution of the Village of Medina have yet to be fulfilled even though the deadline to do so has elapsed.

The records request was filed by the Medina Journal-Register, which publishes its last edition on Friday. Both towns acknowledged receiving the detailed request and said they would strive to respond in a timely manner.

The state FOI law requires producing public records within 20 business days – unless otherwise specified — upon acknowledging receipt of a request. That would make last Friday the approximate deadline for responding. Yet the request has not nearly been met. A call to both town offices last week indicated there were two billing invoices ready for pickup and nothing else. Continue>>>