The NYPD hasn't had the best track record when it comes to fulfilling requests under New York's Freedom of Information Law. Demands for NYPD documents under FOIL -- which is supposed to make accessing public information simple and relatively quick -- routinely lead to lawsuits and long delays.
It was hard to feign much surprise last month when the New York Times slapped New York's finest with a lawsuit, accusing the department of habitually withholding information and flouting government transparency laws. In fact, as any reporter would certainly know, one of the city's toughest agencies ... More >>
Mike Bloomberg, mayor and media mogul, "is a big believer in transparency in government," he assured listeners this spring in a radio talk. This still didn't stop him from cutting the Mayor's Management Report, the city charter-mandated index of city business, in half, reducing its "indicators" --- ... More >>
Under pressure from Assemblymember Jim Brennan, the Committee on Open Government, and us, the state Empire State Development Corporation has finally released its economic impact study of Bruce Ratner's proposed Atlantic Yards project . . . kinda. What the ESDC actually made public yesterday was ... More >>
It was right there in the General Project Plan for the Atlantic Yards project that the state-run Empire State Development Corporation released back on July 18: Bruce Ratner's arena/condo/office tower complex would "generate $1.4 billion in net tax revenues in excess of the public contribution to the ... More >>
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