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Cuomo administration won't fulfill FOIL request

Sep 16, 2016 12:03 am
Chris Bragg in The Albany Times Union's Capitol Confidential blog reports that, "Last year in at least two instances, the Cuomo administration speedily filled requests for emails between any of the 200 or so people that work in the governor’s office and specified individuals outside the government. But this week — with a federal probe swirling — the administration said it lacks the technological capacity to fulfill the same kind of requests." The Times Union has requested emails between any Executive Chamber official and the four people with tangential connections to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s investigation into the Cuomo administration’s upstate development deals. Cuomo records access officer Mongthu Zago said Sept. 12 that requests for emails between the four men and the Executive officials did not “reasonably describe” the records sought. “Unlike the previous requests you referenced, the information you’re seeking covers two long time employees of the administration with communications potentially covering a wide variety of individuals and subject areas. This is an overly broad request as stated in our response,” Zago said. Read the full story in Capitol Confidential.
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