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FOIL request sparks phone-grabbing at Knox town meeting

Oct 18, 2017 2:36 pm
H. Rose Schneider reports in The Altamont Enterprise that the Knox town board meeting Oct. 10 included verbal and physical conflicts over a Freedom of Information Law request. In New York, government officials must provide public information to whoever asks under the FOIL law. At the Oct. 10 meeting, during a discussion of a FOIL request, Anna Lefkaditis, the Knox supervisor's wife, grabbed the cell phone from Dee Woessner, the co-chair of the town’s Democratic committee. Woessner was recording the meeting, and had turned her phone towards Lefkaditis when the assault occurred. A sheriff’s deputy then asked Lefkaditis to leave, which she did. The FOIL request came from Councilperson Earl Barcomb after Supervisor Lefkaditis had said the town made $400 in 2016 and $800 in 2017 at the Pucker Street Fair. But a spreadsheet from the town bookkeeper says the town made about $2,700 for 2016 and $900 for 2017. “Since the FOIL was made, Supervisor Lefkaditis has tried to avoid giving me this information, by claiming that the FOIL was not filed correctly, and that he wanted to review the town’s FOIL regulations, even though it’s not his decision to make,” Barcomb said. Read the full story in The Altamont Enterprise.
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