NYCHA Lighting complaints

Ethan Chiel filed this request with the New York City Housing Authority of New York City, NY .


From: Ethan Chiel

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 complaints submitted via phone, email, mail, the NYCHA website, other online portals, electronic communications, or in person to the New York City Housing Authority regarding any outdoor lights, lighting, or lighting fixtures at NYCHA housing developments. Please limit the scope of this search from July 2014 until the time this request is processed.

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.

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.


Ethan Chiel


This acknowledges receipt of your letter wherein you requested access to the above-noted records maintained by the New York City Housing Authority.

We are in the process of determining whether the documents are available for disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Your request will be granted or denied in approximately one (1) month from the date of this letter.

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Please be advised that the statutory reproduction fee of $.25 per page must be paid prior to making the pertinent copies. Please be further advised that the cost of postage will be added to your copying costs.


Good morning,

A diligent search for responsive records is underway, however there may not be a way to separate outdoor lighting complaints from other types of lighting complaints within public housing. Would like us to provide you all light related service requests for the time period in question with the location of the light?

Thank you.

FOIL 1031974

From: Ethan Chiel

Sure, that sounds reasonable.
Ethan Chiel


A diligent search of New York City Housing Authority’s records disclosed one CD-DVD of records.

Upon receipt of a check or money order in the amount of $6.95 payable to the New York City Housing Authority (for the statutory reproduction fee of $5.00 for CD-DVD and $1.95 for the cost of postage via First Class Mail), we will forward the records to you.

Please be sure to address your payment to: New York City Housing Authority, 250 Broadway,
9th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10007; Attention: Freedom of Information Law Office.


If payment is not received within thirty (30) days of this correspondence, this matter will be closed and you will have to send in a NEW FOIL REQUEST.

FOIL 1032628


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