Editorial: New York government is still far from transparent

There’s been an amazing push the past month by newspapers, good government groups, citizens organizations and lawmakers for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would require judges to force government bodies to pay court and attorneys fees when a citizen is unreasonably denied access to a public record. We’re among those who think…


Editorial: New York law hides police misconduct from the public

The uniquely restrictive New York State law that is used to conceal the disciplinary histories of police officers — even some who have committed crimes — reared its head again last week in misconduct proceedings against the officer who brutalized the retired tennis player James Blake during a mistaken arrest in Manhattan last month.

The state law on officers’ histories is the only one of its kind in the nation. Continue…


Why the public doesn’t see more NYPD disciplinary records

The New York City Council will consider a pair of bills aimed at identifying and monitoring police officers like the one who tackled retired tennis star James Blake earlier this month.

Councilman Dan Garodnick is introducing a bill to create an Early Intervention System in response to the debate over the NYPD’s ability to police its own. Continue…



Opinion: Are pre-denial claims communications admissable in court?

From Property Casualty 360: The attorney work-product privilege is one of the three primary privileges incorporated into Exemption 5 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(5). It protects materials prepared by an attorney or others in anticipation of litigation, ostensibly shielding materials that would disclose the attorney’s theory of the case or trial strategy. President Lyndon B. Johnson originally signed FOIA into law by on July 4, 1966 and it went into effect the following year.



NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for December 28, 2012

State FOIA Friday News A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week: