Hudson Valley Results
Reclaim New York submitted a Freedom of Information (FOIL) request to every county, city, town, village, and school district in the Lower Hudson Valley for their FY2014 checkbook in an effort to make local spending more transparent. As local governments have complied with our FOIL requests, we have uploaded their spending data into a searchable database.
246 FOIL requests were submitted in the Lower Hudson Valley:
– 11 Cities
– 5 Counties
– 91 School Districts
– 70 Towns
– 69 Villages
As of November 11, 2016, 203 of 246 entities complied with our request by sending their spending data as a .csv, .xls, or .pdf that we were able to convert.
10 entities denied our FOIL request, 25 claimed they could not send the data we requested as a .csv, .xls, or .pdf that we could convert, and 8 are still in progress.
Reclaim New York filed an Article 78 against five entities in the Hudson Valley who failed to comply with the FOIL request:
Beacon City School District – Dutchess County
The Beacon City School District never formally responded to the request. Despite sending an appeal and making numerous calls to the District, Beacon City Schools never sent the records.
Chester School District – Orange County
Chester School District responded to the request by claiming a report does not exist with the information we requested. Reclaim sent the District an appeal citing the section of FOIL that requires an agency to extract a record or data maintained in a computer storage system. The District never formally acknowledged or responded to the appeal.
Peekskill City School District – Westchester County
Peekskill City School District returned incomplete documents in a delayed response to Reclaim’s request. Their file did not include check numbers, which are key to tracking expenses when citizens review a document. The Committee on Open Government has made it clear that check numbers are subject to FOIL. Reclaim has already successfully litigated on this issue.
Town of Deerpark – Orange County
Deerpark never responded to Reclaim’s initial request. They waited until after an appeal was filed to reply, claiming that they do not maintain the spending records, “in its regular course of business.”
Village of Spring Valley – Rockland County
The Village of Spring Valley acknowledged receipt of the request, but never returned the requested documents and ignored the appeal.