Text messages between Gov. Baker and Mayor Walsh

Brian Keaney filed this request with the Mayor's Office of Boston, MA.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking # SPR16-033
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From: Brian Keaney

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

All text messages (SMS and MMS) sent between Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin Walsh in the last three months.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brian Keaney

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 13, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Press Office

Please consider this email confirmation of receipt.

Thank you.

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Press Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh

617-635-4461

www.cityofboston.gov/news

*​**Notice*:

This email is subject to MGL: Chpt.66, Sec.10 Public Records Law.
<http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleX/Chapter66/Section10>

From: Brian Keaney

Hello,

Thank you for the confirmation of receipt. It has now been 22 days since I made my initial request. When can I expect the documents?

Thanks again,

Brian

From: Caroline Driscoll

Dear Mr. Kearney,

Please accept this as a formal response to your public records request as
stated below. The City has reviewed your request and found that there are
no text messages on the Mayor's phone that are responsive to your request.

Thank you.

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Caroline O. Driscoll

Assistant Corporation Counsel

City of Boston -- Law Department

City Hall, Room 615

Boston, MA 02201

(617) 635-4925

caroline.driscoll@boston.gov

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--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 5:00 AM
Subject: RE: Public Records Law Request: Text messages between Gov. Baker and
Mayor Walsh
To: press.office@boston.gov

August 28, 2015
Mayor's Office
1 City Hall Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02201-2013

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request,
copied below, and originally submitted on Aug. 13, 2015. Please let me know
when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is
needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

---
On Aug. 13, 2015:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I
hereby request the following records:

All text messages (SMS and MMS) sent between Governor Charlie Baker and
Mayor Martin Walsh in the last three months.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this
request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the
recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The
requested documents will be made available to the general public free of
charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed
by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of
news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for
screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read
print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for
example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would
inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would
prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available
or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I
look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar
days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Brian Keaney

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock
DEPT MR 20467
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

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(i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
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From: MuckRock

Hello,

I would like to appeal the response I received to the request below. On August 13, 2015, Governor Baker said on the air of WGBH's program Boston Public Radio that he had exchanged text messages with Mayor Walsh. The audio is archived at the link below. You can forward to 49:20 to hear the question and Gov. Baker's response.

http://wgbhnews.org/post/reprehensible-outrageous-and-ridiculous-governor-charlie-baker-boston-public-radio

Thank you,

Brian Keaney

From: Mayor's Office

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From: Mayor's Office

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