Thursday, September 28, 2006

Another FOI Law request ignored; call for comment period extension

Others apparently have been trying to figure out how the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) reached its $1.4 billion estimate for the Atlantic Yards project. And others, like me, have been stymied.

From a letter sent today by Jeff Baker, attorney for Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn:
On August 31, 2006, I submitted a FOIL [Freedom of Information Law] request to ESDC requesting a copy of the independent economic impact analysis” referenced on page 29 of the General Project Plan. In a letter dated September 8, 2006, Antovk Pidedjian, the ESDC Records Access Officer, acknowledged my request and said he would respond as to whether it would be granted within ten business days of his letter. As of today, there has not been any response.

Ten business days after Sept. 8 would be Sept. 22.

The letter argues that if the ESDC had followed the law and left the public comment period open until Oct. 18 instead of Sept. 29, additional comments could be prepared, including those on the materials that have not been provided in response to FOIL requests with an extended comment period.

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