Thursday, February 01, 2007

FOIL Filed For O'Connell Audit

The Craig Johnson for State Senate campaign has submitted a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request for the audit of Maureen O'Connell's County Clerk office.

The Working Families Party has called on O'Connell to come clean on the audit of her office. O'Connell is refusing to respond to the audit and blocking its release, reportedly because it is highly critical of her performance.

O'Connell's refusal to respond or release the audit of her office shows there's no substance to her campaign promise to support openness and reform in Albany.

Brian Stedge-Stroud, Johnson campaign manager, had this to say:
"The public has a right to know what the audit says. Maureen O'Connell has a legal obligation under the Freedom of Information Law to provide it to the public. We have asked that she do so immediately. O'Connell's record may be indefensible, but it needn't be invisible."
Here's the FOIL request:
Public Information Officer
Nassau County Clerk's Office
240 Old Country Road
Mineola, NY 11501
(Via Facsimile 516 742 4099)
Re: Freedom of Information Law Request

Public Information Officer:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. Sec. 552.

I request that a copy of the following documents be provided to me: The audit report on the Nassau County Clerk's Office recently completed by the Nassau County Comptrollers office.

I am aware that I am entitled to make this request under the Freedom of Information Act, and if your agency response is not satisfactory, I am prepared to make an administrative appeal. Please indicate to me the name of the official to whom such an appeal should be addressed.

I am aware that if my request is denied I am entitled to know the grounds for this denial.

I am willing to pay applicable copying fees that are required for the documents.


Brian Stedge-Stroud
Call Maureen O'Connell and ask her to come clean and release the audit to the public:
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