Report: 39% of NY counties violate FOIL policies

File photo Gov, Kathy Hochul holds copies of the state's transparency law in this file photo. According to a report from the Coalition of Open Government, 39% of New York state counties violate or ignore Freedom of Information Law.

According to a report from New York’s Coalition for Open Government, a number of counties in the state are violating Freedom of Information Law requirements and some are failing to enforce proper email communication policies for their legislators.

The Coalition, a nonprofit organization that works to encourage good government procedures in New York, reached out to 18 counties, two from each of the state’s nine regional blocks, excepting New York City. Contacting officials in Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Clinton, Delaware, Franklin, Madison, Nassau, Oswego, Otsego, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Schoharie, Seneca, Suffolk, Westchester and Yates counties, the Coalition found that 39% of them didn’t respond correctly, or sometimes at all, to requests for information from the public.

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