SUNY Research Foundation Found Subject to FOIL
by Buck Quigley - posted 3:24 pm, September 24, 2010
The Albany Times Union has won its case against the SUNY Research Foundation. The cagey group had sought to avoid compliance with the Freedom of Information Law by denying reporter James Odoto’s request for “time sheets and documents concerning the work of Susan Bruno, the former special assistant to Research Foundation President John J. O’Connor.”
The ruling by Acting Supreme Court Judge Gerald W. Connolly directs the SUNY Research Foundation “to provide petitioners with immediate access to the records specified in petitioners’ FOIL request.” In addition, the respondents must pay legal fees and court costs to the Hearst Corporation, owners of the Times Union.
Click here to read the ruling.
And you know, I’m sitting here reading this blow-off letter I received from the UB Foundation on August 19, which reads, in part: “The University at Buffalo Foundation, Inc., UB Foundation Activities, Inc., UBF Corporation, UBF Faculty-Student Housing Corp. and FNUB, Inc. are not subject to the provisions of the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)…”
The letter goes on to tell me to have my lawyer talk to their lawyer at Hodgson Russ LLP, if I have any further questions.
So I’m thinking that might not be a bad idea.