State Tax Department worker researched GOP official who filed FOIL request

A state tax official conducted a background research on a Republican party official after receiving a public information request, the Daily News has learned.

Without mentioning his job, Joe Uddo, who is the political director for the state GOP, had filed a ìFreedom of Information Law' request on Aug. 22 with the tax department seeking to understand why some taxpayers had been disqualified from a property tax exemption program.

Days before the request was rejected last month, Uddo received a message from the online professional networking site LinkedIn that someone had reviewed his profile, which identified him as a GOP official. That person turned out to be a tax department employee who received Uddo's freedom of information request. Continue>>>