Oswego County Legislature Clerk polled other counties on FOIL policies

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislature Clerk Wendy Falls said that she polled other counties in regard to their Freedom of Information Law policies through a list service provided by the New York State Association of Counties.

At issue is whether Oswego County legislators should be required to request in writing and pay for copies of records they need to perform their official duties.

As an example, Legislator Shawn Doyle questioned why, prior to a contract vote, he would need to put a request in writing to review the contract he was expected to vote on and why he would need to request in writing the previous contract held by the vendor.

Falls said she sent out an inquiry using the list service, which uses mass e-mail to distribute polls and surveys.  She said she received 18 responses.

Many of neighboring clerks questioned last week in regard to their policies, stated they had not heard from Falls but did acknowledge that if the survey came through the list service, it would have been deleted without being read. The reason, they said, is because they receive so many survey requests that they don’t have the time needed to respond.

A dozen of the clerks questioned by The Valley News all responded that they did not require a written request nor did they charge legislators for copies.

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