Supervisor Tyksinski even went so far as to again state that Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the Committee on Open Government, told Attorney Cully that they do not have to give us anything that is already available on the town website even though he was well aware that Concerned Citizens also contacted Robert Freeman who denied ever saying that to the town attorney.
In fact, by searching on on the web, we found a 2007 decision from Robert Freeman's office, that says in part:
...you requested a “file containing information about all mortgages and deeds filed in the City during the immediate past year.” For more than a decade, the City has maintained an electronic file of such information and has provided it in response to yearly requests from your company, Genesis Computer Consultants, Inc. This year, in response to your request, the Department denied your request and indicated: “... we believe that posting information on our Web site constitutes reasonable compliance with our obligation to make our records ‘available for public inspection and copying’.” You further indicated that “[s]uch data is of little or no use to you unless you have access to the entire file electronically so that you can make lists of various sorts and make comparisons of sets of data.” It is our opinion that if the Department continues to have the ability to make one year’s worth of data available to you in an electronic file, it is required to do so. [emphasis added]If asked for the assessments on a cd and we are willing to pay for the cd, the town is required to provide the cd to us...is exactly what Robert Freeman told us when we contacted him last week and exactly what Robert Freeman told us he conveyed to the town attorney when the town attorney contacted him last week.
Here is the portion of the meeting where Ms. Lawrence read her statement and Supervisor Tyksinski responded:
When an elected official starts trying to take away citizens' rights by twisting the FOI Law to suit their own desire to keep information from the public, it is time to re-examine whether they are the person for the job. The fact that the town attorney was involved makes it even more reason for concern.
But wait, that is not all that went on at this meeting. More to follow...