Employee listing (Niagara Falls City School District)

Benjamin Lesser filed this request with the Niagara Falls City School District of Niagara Falls, NY .
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From: Benjamin Lesser

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 listing of every officer and/or employee of the agency, including name, office address, title and salary.

Per NEW YORK PUBLIC OFFICERS LAW, ARTICLE 6, Section 87(3)(b):

"Each agency shall maintain:
[....]
(b) a record setting forth the name, public office address, title and salary of every officer or employee of the agency."

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,

Benjamin Lesser

From: Niagara Falls City School District

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. 12, 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: MARIA MASSARO

FROM THE DESK OF MARIA MASSARO

Good morning,

With respect to below email, please refer to correspondence dated December
19, 2014 sent to the following address via United States Postal Service:

MuckRock News
DEPT MR 14633
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Thank you.

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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. 12, 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: Joanne C. Jordan

FROM THE DESK OF MARIA MASSARO
Good morning,
With respect to below email, kindly refer to correspondence dated December

19, 2014 sent to the following address via United States Postal Service:
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 14633
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
Thank you.

----- Forwarded by Joanne C Jordan/NFCSD on 01/21/2015 08:44 AM -----

From: Joanne C. Jordan

FROM THE DESK OF MARIA MASSARO

Mr. Lesser,

As per below Freedom of Information Request, attached please find
requested file listing every officer and/or employee of the agency,
including name, office address, title and salary. Also attached is a bill
for itemized services. Kindly remit payment to the City of Niagara Falls
School District in the amount requested. Please advise if a formal
invoice is required.

If you have any questions regarding this email, please contact Joanne C.
Jordan at jjordan@nfschools.net.

Thank you.

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December 12, 2014
Niagara Falls City School District
630 66th Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14304-2212
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 listing of every officer and/or employee of the agency, including name,
office address, title and salary.
Per NEW YORK PUBLIC OFFICERS LAW, ARTICLE 6, Section 87(3)(b):
"Each agency shall maintain:
[....]
(b) a record setting forth the name, public office address, title and
salary of every officer or employee of the agency."
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,
Benjamin Lesser
Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 14663
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might
be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.

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From: Benjamin Lesser

Hello,

Thank you for sending the listing of employees. Could you please send the listing in original data format, rather than as a PDF? It appears this was pulled from a database query. Please advise if this is not the case. We can handle most common data formats.

I would also like some additional information regarding the considerable fee. Please provide an explanation as to why there would be a need to compile such a record in the first place — the FOIL statute requires each agency to maintain this document — and why such compilation required 14 hours. In addition, please clarify whether the 14 hours included search time.

I would also note that the request letter asked for notification of any charges prior to proceeding with fulfilling the request.

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 Dec. 12, 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:

FROM THE DESK OF MARIA MASSARO

Thank you for your correspondence.

The Niagara Falls City School District has complied with your request for
information noted in your email communication attached below.

This correspondence will now be forwarded to our School District Attorney
for response.

Thank you.

----- Forwarded by Joanne C Jordan/NFCSD on 02/17/2015 09:52 AM -----

From: MuckRock

Hello,

As noted in the January 30 correspondence copied below, we seek:

1) an electronic copy of the listing, as required under the FOIL statute and requested in the original FOIL; and
2) an explanation as to the considerable fee for compilation, given that this document is required to be maintained per the FOIL statute.

Thank you.

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Please indicate the contact information for the School Attorney for direct followup.

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 Dec. 12, 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:

To Whom it may Concern

As requested following is my contact information.

Angelo Massaro
School District Attorney
631 Main Street
Niagara Falls, New York 14301
(716) 285-9338
amassaro@nfschools.net

Please advise name and contact person for your organization

Angelo Massaro

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From: MuckRock

Hello -

This request was submitted by Benjamin Lesser and Shawn Musgrave. As indicated below, the considerable fee is concerning given that the requested information is required by the cited statute to be maintained by every government agency in New York. Please advise as to the district's fee estimate. Please also advise whether the district is able to provide the requested information in an electronic, digital format per the original request. To date, neither of these issues has been adequately addressed.

Thank you.

From: MuckRock

Hello,

Please advise as to the status of this FOIL request and corresponding fee estimate for providing the employee listing of the Niagara Falls City School District.

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 Dec. 12, 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 Dec. 12, 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:

I have been advised of your recent email.

As you were advised, I am the School District Attorney. My contact information has been previously furnished.

Would you please have the appropriate representative contact me, preferably by phone, to further discuss your request which in my review appears to have been complied with by the District. (716) 285-9338.

Thank you

Angelo Massaro

Sent by my I Pad 2

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Confidentiality Notice: This electronic message and any attachments may contain confidential or privileged information, and is intended only for the individual or entity identified above as the addressee. If you are not the addressee (or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the addressee), or if this message has been addressed to you in error, you are hereby notified that you may not copy, forward, disclose or use any part of this message or any attachments. Please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail or telephone and delete this message from your system.

From: MuckRock

Mr. Massaro -

Respectfully, I have attempted to resolve outstanding issues regarding the district's fee estimate and provision of the employee listing in digital format since January. I am traveling at the moment and believe these issues can be resolved via email. If not, I can call later in the week.

I have copied the email sent in January, as well as attached the documents and invoice referred therein. Neither question has yet to be resolved, although since the PDF is machine readable, the most pressing matter is the considerable fee — more than $300 — for a document that the FOIL statute requires government agencies to maintain. In particular, it is unclear how it took an employee 14 hours to query what appears to be a human resources database.

I look forward to your reply.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave, MuckRock

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SENT on 01/30/2015:
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Hello,

Thank you for sending the listing of employees. Could you please send the listing in original data format, rather than as a PDF? It appears this was pulled from a database query. Please advise if this is not the case. We can handle most common data formats.

I would also like some additional information regarding the considerable fee. Please provide an explanation as to why there would be a need to compile such a record in the first place — the FOIL statute requires each agency to maintain this document — and why such compilation required 14 hours. In addition, please clarify whether the 14 hours included search time.

I would also note that the request letter asked for notification of any charges prior to proceeding with fulfilling the request.

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 Dec. 12, 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 Dec. 12, 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 Dec. 12, 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 Dec. 12, 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 Dec. 12, 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 Dec. 12, 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:

Please have appropriate party call on this matter. 716 285-9338

Angelo Massaro
Attorney
Sent from my iPhone

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Confidentiality Notice: This electronic message and any attachments may contain confidential or privileged information, and is intended only for the individual or entity identified above as the addressee. If you are not the addressee (or the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the addressee), or if this message has been addressed to you in error, you are hereby notified that you may not copy, forward, disclose or use any part of this message or any attachments. Please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail or telephone and delete this message from your system.

From: Benjamin Lesser

Hello Mr. Massaro -

I just attempted to call but got your voicemail. Is this something we can work out over email? Again, we are confused at the steep fee that the district attempted to charge for an electronic document that the New York FOIL statute requires each agency to maintain.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

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. 12, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Angelo Massaro

Please forward Office and Cell phone number
Will call to discuss

Angelo Massaro
School District Attorney
Sent from my iPhone

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From: MuckRock

Hello -

MuckRock's office number: 617-299-1832. We'll be out of the office for a conference the next few days, so communicating via email is likely to be the most productive.

Respectfully,
Shawn Musgrave
MuckRock

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