FOILed Again: Mayor’s Impact Team, Day 7
by Geoff Kelly - posted 2:52 pm, May 5, 2008
It’s been seven business days since I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the City of Buffalo for all financial records related to the Mayor’s Impact Team since January 1, 2006. In that time…
- the chief of the Mayor’s Impact Team, the venerable political hack Bill Buyers, was caught by cameramen from Channel 7 with two of his crew working on his own home on city time, using city equipment (Day 1);
- Mayor Byron Brown suspended Buyers for 15 days without pay and his two crewmembers for five days without pay (Day 1);
- Assistant Corporation Counsel Cavette Chambers acknowledged receipt of my email FOIL request and promised to answer in 10 business days (Day 2);
- Councilmembers LoCurto, Kearns, and Fontana filed a resolution requesting that City Comptroller Andy Sanfilippo audit the Mayor’s Impact Team (Day 2);
- the Office of the Comptroller announced its intention to pursue an audit (Day 3).
Today, I asked Chambers et alia to shorten the timeline for fulfilling my request, arguing that the Comptroller’s intention to perform an audit suggests that the material I requested is being compiled for that purpose. I told Chambers that I expected to receive the requested information at the same time, if not before, the City Comptroller receives it. After all, I asked first, and the law requires that public records demanded under FOIL be furnished as quickly as possible.
Meantime, on Saturday morning I stopped by the Amherst Street VFW post where Buyers hosts a monthly breakfast, to see who would show up to support him (and, I guess to eat for free). There were maybe 50 or so cars in the parking lot, and Buyers stood by the back entrance glad-handing folks as they arrived.
I stayed long enough to see North District Councilmember Joe Golombek arrive.