Contracts with Columbia University re: Muscota Marsh (NYC Dept. Parks & Rec.)

Conor Skelding filed this request with the Department of Parks & Recreation of New York City, NY.
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From: Conor Skelding

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (1977 N.Y. Laws ch. 933), I hereby request the following records:

Any and all emails, memoranda, letters, or other communications between Columbia University (or its Trustees, or any representatives or employees of either) and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation (or any of its representatives or employees) containing the following terms:
-----"Muscota Marsh"
-----"muscota"
-----"Lenape"
-----"Lenni-Lenape"
-----"Native American"
-----"American Indian"
-----"Indian"
-----"Baker Field"
-----"Campbell Sports Center"
-----"Harlem River"
-----"Inwood Hill Park"
-----"Inwood"
-----"Intermediate School 52"
-----"Matt Palmer"
-----"Hurricane Sandy"
-----"hurricane"
-----"Columbia University"
-----"James Corner Field Operations"
-----"James Corner"

I also request any and all contracts between Columbia University or its Trustees and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreations regarding the establishment Muscota Marsh, including its funding, construction, maintenance, security, or other needs.

Finally, I request any invoices, purchase orders, or bills held by the Department of Parks & Recreation related to the park, whether connected with Columbia University or not.

On January 20, 2014, The New York Times reported: "Called Muscota Marsh, the park was built by Columbia University, in collaboration with the parks department, on an acre of land on the Harlem River near the university’s Baker Field. Columbia agreed to create the park as part of the deal to build its new Campbell Sports Center, which opened nearby in the spring."

That article is published online here: www.nytimes.com/2014/01/20/nyregion/with-universitys-help-new-park-on-harlem-river-is-a-marshland-sanctuary.html

My daytime phone number is 708-574-2003, and I may be reached by email at this address.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. 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.

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 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Conor Skelding

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

Hi Conor,

Attached, you'll find our acknowledgement letter for your FOIL request.

Christina Dookwah
Risk Management and Legal Records Officer

T 212.360.1331
F 212.360.1373
E Christina.Dookwah@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Office of the General Counsel
New York, NY 10065
nyc.gov/parks

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Confidentiality Notice:  This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your computer.  Thank you.

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 Jan. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

Please refer to our attached FOIL Acknowledgement letter.

Thanks,

Christina Dookwah
Risk Management and Legal Records Officer

T 212.360.1331
F 212.360.1373
E Christina.Dookwah@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Office of the General Counsel
New York, NY 10065
nyc.gov/parks

Follow Parks on: Facebook | Twitter | foursquare | Flickr | YouTube

Confidentiality Notice:  This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your computer.  Thank you.

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

Hi Conor,

Can you please provide a time frame for your request below?

Thanks,

Christina Dookwah
Risk Management and Legal Records Officer

T 212.360.1331
F 212.360.1373
E Christina.Dookwah@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Office of the General Counsel
New York, NY 10065
nyc.gov/parks

Follow Parks on: Facebook | Twitter | foursquare | Flickr | YouTube

Confidentiality Notice:  This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your computer.  Thank you.

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Dookwah,

Happily. Records dating from January 1, 2009 through the date when this request is processed. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

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 Jan. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Jan. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Jan. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

Hi, as per our acknowledgment letter, we told you that we will provide an update or responsive records, 60 days from February 4th.

Christina Dookwah
Risk Management and Legal Records Officer

T 212.360.1331
F 212.360.1373
E Christina.Dookwah@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Office of the General Counsel
New York, NY 10065
nyc.gov/parks

Follow Parks on: Facebook | Twitter | foursquare | Flickr | YouTube

Confidentiality Notice:  This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your computer.  Thank you.

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

Dear Mr. Skelding:

At this time, we are partially releasing documents that are responsive to your January 22, 2014 FOIL Request. Please note that I will send two additional emails with attachments for Maintenance and Operation Agreement dated January 26, 2011 and License Agreement between DPR and Columbia December 31, 2013. (email file sharing limitation)

please also find attached to this email, our partial release letter

Thanks, Christina

On Jan. 22, 2014:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (1977 N.Y. Laws ch. 933), I hereby request the following records:

Any and all emails, memoranda, letters, or other communications between Columbia University (or its Trustees, or any representatives or employees of either) and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation (or any of its representatives or employees) containing the following terms:

-----"Muscota Marsh"

-----"muscota"

-----"Lenape"

-----"Lenni-Lenape"

-----"Native American"

-----"American Indian"

-----"Indian"

-----"Baker Field"

-----"Campbell Sports Center"

-----"Harlem River"

-----"Inwood Hill Park"

-----"Inwood"

-----"Intermediate School 52"

-----"Matt Palmer"

-----"Hurricane Sandy"

-----"hurricane"

-----"Columbia University"

-----"James Corner Field Operations"

-----"James Corner"

I also request any and all contracts between Columbia University or its Trustees and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreations regarding the establishment Muscota Marsh, including its funding, construction, maintenance, security, or other needs.

Finally, I request any invoices, purchase orders, or bills held by the Department of Parks & Recreation related to the park, whether connected with Columbia University or not.

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)


From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)


From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Dookwah,

Thank you for the partial response, and for your work on this large request. I will look forward to the completion of your review of emails on May 27. I hope that you have a fine month.

Until then, and sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

Hi Conor,

We'll have email correspondence for you by this Friday, May 30th.

Thank you

Christina Dookwah
Risk Management and Legal Records Officer

T 212.360.1331
F 212.360.1373
E Christina.Dookwah@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Office of the General Counsel
New York, NY 10065
nyc.gov/parks

Follow Parks on: Facebook | Twitter | foursquare | Flickr | YouTube

Confidentiality Notice:  This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your computer.  Thank you.

From: Conor Skelding

Christina,

May I expect them Monday?

Have a good weekend,
Conor

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

Hi Conor,

Due to the volume of email correspondence we have to review, we will need a few more days. I hope to provide you with a full release of email correspondence by this Friday, June 6th.

Thanks so much,

Christina Dookwah
Risk Management and Records Access Officer

T 212.360.1331
F 212.360.1373
E Christina.Dookwah@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Office of the General Counsel
New York, NY 10065
nyc.gov/parks

Follow Parks on: Facebook | Twitter | foursquare | Flickr | YouTube

Confidentiality Notice:  This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your computer.  Thank you.

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

Hi Conor,

We still need more time to complete this request.

Christina Dookwah
Risk Management and Records Access Officer

T 212.360.1331
F 212.360.1373
E Christina.Dookwah@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Office of the General Counsel
New York, NY 10065
nyc.gov/parks

Follow Parks on: Facebook | Twitter | foursquare | Flickr | YouTube

Confidentiality Notice:  This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your computer.  Thank you.

From: Conor Skelding

Thank you for the notice, Ms. Dookwah. Have a good weekend.

Conor

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

I really apologize and thank you for your patience.

Christina Dookwah
Risk Management and Records Access Officer

T 212.360.1331
F 212.360.1373
E Christina.Dookwah@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Office of the General Counsel
New York, NY 10065
nyc.gov/parks

Follow Parks on: Facebook | Twitter | foursquare | Flickr | YouTube

Confidentiality Notice:  This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your computer.  Thank you.

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 Jan. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

Hi conor,

We're working as quickly as possible to complete reviewing potentially responsive correspondence.

Thanks,

Christina Dookwah
Risk Management and Records Access Officer

T 212.360.1331
F 212.360.1373
E Christina.Dookwah@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Office of the General Counsel
New York, NY 10065
nyc.gov/parks

Follow Parks on: Facebook | Twitter | foursquare | Flickr | YouTube

Confidentiality Notice:  This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your computer.  Thank you.

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Dookwah,

I hope you had a good Fourth weekend.

Reaching out for an update on this if you have one.

Thank you again for your time.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

Hi, I was out of the office sick a few days last week...so, I'm not finishing up the review of your request.

Christina Dookwah
Risk Management and Records Access Officer

T 212.360.1331
F 212.360.1373
E Christina.Dookwah@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Office of the General Counsel
New York, NY 10065
nyc.gov/parks

Follow Parks on: Facebook | Twitter | foursquare | Flickr | YouTube

Confidentiality Notice:  This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your computer.  Thank you.

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 Jan. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

Hi, we'll get you this information soon.

Christina Dookwah
Risk Management and Records Access Officer

T 212.360.1331
F 212.360.1373
E Christina.Dookwah@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Office of the General Counsel
New York, NY 10065
nyc.gov/parks

Follow Parks on: Facebook | Twitter | foursquare | Flickr | YouTube

Confidentiality Notice:  This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your computer.  Thank you.

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 Jan. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Jan. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Jan. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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 Jan. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

Hi Conor,

Sorry for the delay--the emails are finally ready for release--but due to the file sharing limitation, I will have to send them to you on a CD ROM. What is the address I can mail these to?

Christina Dookwah
Risk Management and Records Access Officer

T 212.360.1331
F 212.360.1373
E Christina.Dookwah@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Office of the General Counsel
New York, NY 10065
nyc.gov/parks<http://www.nycgovparks.org/>

Follow Parks on: Facebook<http://facebook.com/nycparks> | Twitter<http://twitter.com/nycparks> | foursquare<https://foursquare.com/nycparks> | Flickr<http://www.flickr.com/groups/newyorkcityparks> | YouTube<http://www.youtube.com/user/NYCParksDepartment>

Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your computer. Thank you.

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Dookwah,

No worries. Thank you for your continued attention to this.

You can mail them to:

Conor Skelding
Capital New York
333 W 39 St, Ste 902
New York, NY 10018

However--would it be possible instead to upload them to a Dropbox and share the link with me?

Conor Skelding

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

Hi Conor,

I'm not clear about a mailing address from the email below.

Christina Dookwah
Risk Management and Records Access Officer

T 212.360.1331
F 212.360.1373
E Christina.Dookwah@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Office of the General Counsel
New York, NY 10065
nyc.gov/parks<http://www.nycgovparks.org/>

Follow Parks on: Facebook<http://facebook.com/nycparks> | Twitter<http://twitter.com/nycparks> | foursquare<https://foursquare.com/nycparks> | Flickr<http://www.flickr.com/groups/newyorkcityparks> | YouTube<http://www.youtube.com/user/NYCParksDepartment>

Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your computer. Thank you.

From: Conor Skelding

Apologies for the confusion - please mail the CD to

MuckRock
Dept. MR 10190
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Thanks!

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 Jan. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

Dear Mr. Skelding,

Please find attached to this email our bill letter for your FOIL request.
Thanks,
Christina

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $5.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached request.

Thank you very much for your help.

From: Department of Parks & Recreation

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: Department of Parks & Recreation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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 Jan. 22, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Dookwah, Christina (Parks)

please expect to receive a CD-ROM with records in the next few days.

Christina Dookwah
Risk Management and Records Access Officer

T 212.360.1331
F 212.360.1373
E Christina.Dookwah@parks.nyc.gov

NYC Parks
The Arsenal, Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue
Office of the General Counsel
New York, NY 10065
nyc.gov/parks<http://www.nycgovparks.org/>

Follow Parks on: Facebook<http://facebook.com/nycparks> | Twitter<http://twitter.com/nycparks> | foursquare<https://foursquare.com/nycparks> | Flickr<http://www.flickr.com/groups/newyorkcityparks> | YouTube<http://www.youtube.com/user/NYCParksDepartment>

Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and then delete it from your computer. Thank you.

From: Conor Skelding

Excellent! Thank you, Ms. Dookwah. I'll confirm receipt once we get it.

Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Excellent! Thank you, Ms. Dookwah. I'll confirm receipt once we get it.

Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Dear Ms. Dookwah,

Received. Thank you for your continued assistance on this large request.

Conor Skelding

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