Inventory of all old NYC records to be discarded or destroyed

Reclaim The Records filed this request with the Department of Records and Information Services of New York City, NY.


From: Reclaim The Records

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (1977 N.Y. Laws ch. 933), I am making a records request.

Recent media reports have alerted the public that millions of old New York City records are going to be thrown away without undergoing digitization, photographic documentation, or preservation. One article says:

"The administration is scanning millions of papers that are stashed in dusty boxes in private warehouses throughout the city and in New Jersey. Many paper records in the collection of 2.8 million boxes would then be thrown away...As of Dec. 31 [2015], Toole's spokeswoman said the agency identified 169,113 boxes eligible for disposal that have been lying around without purpose."

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Please provide a full inventory (spreadsheets, lists, catalogs, etc.) of all of these NYC materials that DORIS is going to discard or destroy, their current location, and their estimated date of destruction or disposal. Please also provide all internal e-mails and memorandums about this document culling.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. In the event that there are fees, 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.

Please be advised that this request is being made through the website and all correspondence will be immediately published to the general public.

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.


Brooke Schreier Ganz
Founder, Reclaim The Records

From: Cobb, Ken (Records)

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of the FOIL request dated 3 February 2016. I will provide further information regarding provision of the requested documentation within 20 business days.
Kenneth Cobb

From: Cobb, Ken (Records)

Dear Ms. Brooke Schreier Ganz:
I am writing in response to your FOIL request 23779-58010823, dated 3 February 2016; acknowledged on 10 February 2016. In reviewing the items that you have requested, I have determined that the only responsive document maintained by the Department of Records & Information Services is the attached spreadsheet. It is a master-list, by agency, of the total quantity of record containers that have been identified for disposal according to official record retention schedules.
Kenneth Cobb