The Sept. 7 Another Voice writer is correct about Byron Brown’s disrespect of democracy. Perhaps even worse is his disrespect for our laws that he has sworn to protect and his City Hall appointees disregarding our laws.
I understand Brown a bit better now – he simply doesn’t want to follow all state election laws and many other laws.
His City Hall especially doesn’t like obeying our Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) laws, the City’s Green Code and other sections of our Charter that may be inconvenient for him and his supporters.
Brown’s departments under James Comerford, Michael Finn, Timothy Ball, and Brendan Mehaffy, are all delinquent in complying with my FOIL requests. I’m not a lawyer but with help from the state’s Committee on Open Government I have had to inform City Hall of FOIL requirements when Brown’s staff have refused my access to documents and charged me over five times the allowed fees for some documents.
Brown doesn’t like that the law required him to file a petition to be on the ballot 161 days prior to the general election. Brown believes that his petition should be allowed to be filed just 77 days before the election. Documents requested by FOIL must be sent within 20 days of their request. SEQR documents must be “made available on request.” I’m waiting for 152 documents, some that I requested as long as 169 days ago. All documents a simple mouse-click to attach them to an email reply.