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Saugerties proposal against FOIL law

Feb 15, 2024 12:48 pm

Phillip Pantuso reports in the Times Union that there was a motion on the Saugerties Town Board’s agenda that would deny all state Freedom of Information Law requests for records related to ongoing investigations. But after criticism the motion was critized, it was modified to target a specific former councilperson. Kristin O’Neill, assistant director with the state Committee on Open Government, said the Saugerties proposal is “inconsistent with this statutory requirement." Saugerties Town Supervisor Fred Costello said, “It’s pretty clear upon reading it again that it’s a little bit too broad.... It’s really in response to a specific FOIL request and the terms of that request.” Costello said that the “specific FOIL request” came from former Councilperson Paul Andreassen, who wants public information about an investigation into Councilperson Mike Ivino, who last month allegedly posted a video on social media of an unclothed woman in distress in the village. Councilperson Zach Horton thought that the motion should be withdrawn, and said, “FOIL laws that are already in existence are quite clear and our board passing such a motion would be redundant in nature.” Read more about this story in the Times Union.