An unprecedented audit by the Press Club of Long Island on the responsiveness of 195 municipalities and agencies to New York State Freedom of Information Law requirements revealed almost two-thirds failed to respond to requests for public records before the deadlines set by the law while almost half did not provide a list of documents they’re required to maintain.
And almost one-third of the villages did not provide a required written FOIL policy, although these policies are already in their municipal codes.
The overall average grade that Long Island local governments and agencies received for FOIL compliance is a C.
The Suffolk County Police Department announced that Freedom of Information Law (F.O.I.L.) requests for police and motor vehicle crash reports can now be made online through the police department‚Äôs Web site, www.suffolkpd.org.
The ceremony was at the Holiday Inn, Plainview, where we normally held our other PCLI meetings. There was no dinner. Just a bunch of seats in a small room with thin walls, where, as usual, we were being drowned out by the noise of a union meeting in an adjacent room.