New York: Many City Agencies Devote Skeleton Staff to Making Records Transparent

Transparency has been a touchy topic for Mayor de Blasio. A champion of open government while serving as public advocate, he has been less willing to let the sunlight into City Hall as mayor. While de Blasio in 2014 launched a “FOIL Tracker” to gauge city compliance with the state’s freedom of information law, and later…

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NYPD Can Use Cold War-era Response for Records Request, Judge Rules

New York’s highest court ruled Thursday that the New York Police Department can decline to acknowledge whether it has records of investigating two Muslim men in response to the individuals’ public-records request. The ruling gives the NYPD a Cold War-era tool to shield information from the public determined to be sensitive, disappointing some lawyers and…

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