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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A Looming - Ummmm - FOIL

How Do You Like Dem Apples?

To FOIL or not to FOIL? 'Twas never our question...

Our question was simply to challenge what we've all come to know as Council shenaniganism.

For our purposes here, Council shenaniganism can be simply defined as a protective, heavily spun, institutional mindset that leads a collective group of people to drink so much kool aid that their misstatement of reality becomes inevitable.

And while, admittedly, our FOIL request was written in haste, all we wanted to double check is whether or not the Council was aptly stating reality. Were the percentages quoted to the press of women and people of color on central staff accurate? Or were they more like Miller's $37,000-turn-$1.6 million mailings?

And we'd like proof. Not just with a copy of their calculations, but with back-up documentation as well. And since we know a lot of people currently and previously on staff at the Council, we thought the full list of names before and after the firings would suffice.

We'll find out how the Council responds tomorrow. Stay tuned!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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11:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I certainly hope that City Council releases the information you have sought, and I applaud you for taking the initiative. But I fear that may not happen.

Council may possibly just ignore the email request if they conclude the request was not in the proper form.

They may acknowledge the request only (which is all they are really required to do in five days).

They will likely ignore item #3 which is not a document request at all.

They may deny the request on certain grounds as specified in the Public Officers Law.

They may state the documents exists in hard copy and that you need to a) come in to pick them up, or provide a mailing address.

Don't hold your breath

7:20 AM

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