Correspondence with Spectator reporters (Manhattan Borough President)

Conor Skelding filed this request with the Manhattan Borough President's Office 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:

All correspondence, written or electronic, between the Manhattan Borough President, or the office of the borough president, or representatives of the borough president and reporters, staff, or representatives of the Columbia Daily Spectator, between January 1, 2014 and the date when this request is processed.

Records requested include all emails, dated between January 1, 2014 and the date this request is processed, exchanged between Spectator reporters (including, but not limited to an email address ending in "@columbiaspectator.com") and any member of the borough president's office (including but not limited to an email address ending in "@manhattanbp.nyc.gov").

In order to have this request fulfilled in a timely matter, I am willing to limit my request to clearly releasable portions of the requested documents. I reserve the right, however, to submit a new request if I am not satisfied with your response.

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: Bartlett, Adele (ManhattanBP)

Dear Mr. Skelding,

We are in receipt of your FOIL request regarding "All correspondence" between the Manhattan Borough President (and her "office") and the Columbia Daily Spectator. I have attempted to ascertain the length of time required for compliance. Unfortunately, it has become clear that your request as written is far too overreaching and vague for us to even provide an estimate of the time for response.
I do not and cannot know exactly what you intend by "representatives of the borough president" or "representatives of the Columbia Daily Spectator".
The request, even without the addition of "representatives" of the parties, whoever they may be, would seem to require the review of every email received by and sent from every employee of the Manhattan Borough President's Office over a four-month period. Once a universe of emails is recovered, if they can be recovered from every single employees MBPO and personal accounts, with the url "Columbia.edu", each one will have to be read to ascertain if in fact it was to or from a reporter or staff of the Spectator. This review would no doubt require at least five to six months, if indeed it is possible. However, the inclusion of "representatives of" each entity renders the request impossible to fulfill.

If you wish to discuss the matter, please do not hesitate to call.

Adele Bartlett
Deputy Gen. Counsel; Housing Policy Analyst
Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
1 Centre Street, 19th Fl.
New York, New York 10007
212-669-8139
abartlett@manhattanbp.nyc.gov

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