On February 15th, 2007 Mayor Graham Richard promised me in a public forum that his office would answer all of my questions about Harrison Square regarding the specific financing of the project.
The project was approved on April 16th, 2007 and the Mayor's office chose not to provide me with the information I requested.
On April 16th I filed seven Freedom of Information Requests with the City Attorney. On April 16th I personally verified that The City Attorney's Office received my FOIA's.
Today is May 14th and I still have no answers. It has been three months since The Mayor promised me that I would have my questions answered and I am still waiting.
Our Mayor should be ashamed of himself.
I am not an attorney and I am not accustomed to having to file Freedom of Information Requests to obtain information that I have been promised by public officials. My simple reading of the law leads me to believe that the City must respond to my request within 20 working days.
Today was the 20th working day after my request for information. I am not sure if this means that The Mayor's office is in violation of the Freedom of Information Act or not. Based on my reading of the law I would guess that they are now in violation of the law; however, I really do not know.
It will be interesting to see how Kevin Knuth responds to this. He has filed a large number of FOIA requests and he has made it clear that he feels they should be responded to promptly.
I am also interested in what the rest of the readers of this blog think.
Please leave a comment and tell us what you think. I personally think that open government is critical to Democracy and I am extremely disappointed in the Mayor's Office and especially with their legal department.
Mike Sylvester, CPA