Former Lewis County legislator wins FOIL lawsuit

by Carol Thompson

A former Lewis County legislator has won a lawsuit challenging the county’s handling of a Freedom of Information Law request.

State Supreme Court Justice Hugh A. Gilbert, in an eight-page decision filed, ruled the county should have provided Bruce R. Krug with information requested May 9, including a permit issued for a “special event” for all-terrain vehicles and a list of businesses delinquent on hotel occupancy tax as well as documentation in regard to the county’s action to collect the money.

Krug also requested the amounts of trail-permit fees and funding.

The court ordered the county to provide a full and complete response to the request by Feb. 17 and cover Mr. Krug’s legal expenses.

The county reportedly did comply with the order Feb. 21.

According to court records, Krug had never received a written response to his FOIL request.

The New York State Freedom of Information Law requires a government agency to respond to a request within five business days.

Failure of the agency to respond is considered a denial under the law.

-Look for the full story in the Saturday edition of the Valley News…

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