Manhattanville contracts between the NYC Dept. of HPD, Columbia, and Mamais

Conor Skelding filed this request with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development of New York City, NY.
Tracking # 117-14
Status
Rejected

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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:

A full copy of all contracts and written agreements since January 1, 2001, regarding land between Riverside Drive and Amsterdam Avenue and between Tiemann Place and 135th Street, between New York City's Department of Housing Preservation & Development and the following companies:

The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
Mamais Construction

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: New York City Department of Housing Preservation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

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 Dec. 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1542-13.

Thank you for your help.

From: New York City Department of Housing Preservation

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Conor Skelding

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1542-13.

Thank you for your help.

From: Conor Skelding

Mr. Appel,

Good to talk with you on the phone today.

I checked the website: mamais.com. The page that formerly had a list of clients, including HPD, is now password-protected (mamais.com/affiliates). I called the office, and a rep told me that they had had a redesign, and had taken down that page, though she didn't know why. I am searching for an archived version.

—Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

See the November site: https://web.archive.org/web/20131109215801/http://www.mamais.com/

And today: http://www.mamais.com/

Note that the "Affiliates" tab is gone. Searching for that page.

—Conor

From: Conor Skelding

Mr. Appel,

May I amend my request to search only for contracts between HPD and Mamais, and contract between HPD and Columbia, within that geographic area--but not contracts between all three?

Thank you.

--Conor Skelding

From: Conor Skelding

Mr. Appel,

The official name of Mamais, according to the NY DOS is "MAMAIS CONTRACTING CORP." and not "Mamais Construction" which they do business as.

(See: http://appext20.dos.ny.gov/corp_public/CORPSEARCH.ENTITY_INFORMATION?p_nameid=262441&p_corpid=220252&p_entity_name=mamais&p_name_type=A&p_search_type=BEGINS&p_srch_results_page=0)

Will that aid in your search?

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 Dec. 4, 2013. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1542-13.

Thank you for your help.

From: New York City Department of Housing Preservation

The request has been rejected as being too vague, burdensome or otherwise unprocessable.

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