Records re: two deceased and retired National Guard generals

T. McElwee filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

1450343-001

1450349-000, 1450343-000

1450349-000

Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Liberate 13,000+ pages of FBI documents on Mario Cuomo's corrupt Chief-of-Staff!

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Chris Cuomo infamously lost his cool after being called “Fredo” by a heckler. It was the latest re-opening of a longstanding wound to Cuomo family’s pride: the lingering accusation that New York’s three-term Governor Mario Cuomo, father of both Chris Cuomo and current Governor Andrew Cuomo, had connections to La Cosa Nostra. Mario Cuomo was notoriously sensitive to the appearance of mob ties and consistently denied them.

Skeletons remained in the closets of the Governor’s mansion, however. One of the most glaring was the membership of Gen. Vito Castellano (ret.) in the inner circle of New York’s Governors (dating back to Malcolm Wilson) and two years into Mario Cuomo’s administration.

Castellano’s fall from grace came swiftly as he was swept up in the WedTech scandal and, as importantly, his known family connection to the boss of the Gambino Crime Family, Paul Castellano. Unable to salvage his public career, Castellano became a cooperator in the WedTech prosecutions that followed.

After Vito Castellano’s death, I requested the FBI’s file on Vito Castellano, and it is voluminous: over 13,000 pages. What as yet unknown secrets are in those records? Help find out by donating to the cost of duplicating the records!

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From: T. McElwee

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records relating to or mentioning either of two individuals from the New York National Guard (both deceased):

Maj. Gen. Vito Joseph Castellano (ret.)
born: May 21, 1925
died: August 28 2019
First 5 digits of SSN: 072-18

Maj. Gen. Bernard Gordon Ehrlich (ret.)
born: October 1928 (day unknown)
died: March 7, 2014
First 5 digits of SSN: 103-22
BOP Register Number: 14196-054

Proofs of death are attached as PDF's. Records concerning Castellano and Ehrlich as subjects should be released, as privacy concerns under FOIA Exemption 6 and 7 as well as the Privacy Act are now moot.

Please conduct a search of the Central Records System, including but not limited to the ELSUR Records System, the Microphone Surveillance (MISUR) Indices, the Physical Surveillance (FISUR) Indices, and the Technical Surveillance (TESUR) Indices, for both main-file records and cross-reference records for all relevant names, individuals, agencies and companies.

If any potentially responsive records have been destroyed and/or transferred to NARA, then I request copies of the destruction or transfer slips as well as any other documentation relating to, mentioning or describing said transfer or destruction, to include but not be limited to confirmation that the Bureau has no other copies of said records.

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

T. McElwee

  • Vito20Castellano20Obituary20-20Brooklyn2C20NY20_20Daily20News.pdf

  • Bernard20Ehrlich20Obituary20-20Mount20Kisco2C20NY20_20The20Journal20News.pdf

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: T. McElwee

My request for records related to dead two persons was been wrongly rejected on grounds of b6 and b7c (both of which relate to privacy).

The following people are both dead. Please read the PDF's attached for proof.

Maj. Gen. Vito Joseph Castellano (ret.)
born: May 21, 1925
died: August 28 2019
First 5 digits of SSN: 072-18

Maj. Gen. Bernard Gordon Ehrlich (ret.)
born: October 1928 (day unknown)
died: March 7, 2014
First 5 digits of SSN: 103-22
BOP Register Number: 14196-054

  • Obituary20of20Vito20Castellano20_20Marine20Park20Funeral20Home20Inc20serving20.._.pdf

  • Bernard20Ehrlich20Obituary20-20Mount20Kisco2C20NY20_20The20Journal20News.pdf

  • Ef27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641_Q68691_D2366525

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

You can download the files at:

* [Ef27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641_Q68700_D2366507.pdf](https://efoia.fbi.gov/download-file/submission-f27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641/1BisQIUavtBxOtR/Ef27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641_Q68700_D2366507.pdf)

**Please Note:**

The above link(s) are only active for 48hrs. After the link expires you will
have the option to reactivate the link(s) for an additional 48hrs. The max
renewal limit is two (2) times. Thereafter, the links can no longer be
accessed.

You can renew the download files by logging into the efoia system and clicking
the "Renew" button in the file list.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

You can download the files at:

* [Ef27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641_Q68700_D2375451.pdf](https://efoia.fbi.gov/download-file/submission-f27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641/OdD3LImsAAAVoYc/Ef27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641_Q68700_D2375451.pdf)

**Please Note:**

The above link(s) are only active for 48hrs. After the link expires you will
have the option to reactivate the link(s) for an additional 48hrs. The max
renewal limit is two (2) times. Thereafter, the links can no longer be
accessed.

You can renew the download files by logging into the efoia system and clicking
the "Renew" button in the file list.

  • Ef27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641_Q68700_D2375451.pdf

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

You can download the files at:

* [Ef27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641_Q68700_D2393457.pdf](https://efoia.fbi.gov/download-file/submission-f27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641/HLRJWgdtUmQStXa/Ef27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641_Q68700_D2393457.pdf)

**Please Note:**

The above link(s) are only active for 48hrs. After the link expires you will
have the option to reactivate the link(s) for an additional 48hrs. The max
renewal limit is two (2) times. Thereafter, the links can no longer be
accessed.

You can renew the download files by logging into the efoia system and clicking
the "Renew" button in the file list.

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From: T. McElwee

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $415.00 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

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Check sent by Kiera Murray  Staff

Pay to the order of:

Federal Bureau of Investigation
FOIA Office
1425 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

#2481
Amount of: $415.00
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From: T. McElwee

Attention: Work Process Unit
Re: FOIPA Request No.: 1450343-000 (subjects: Maj. Gen. Vito Joseph Castellano (ret.); Maj. Gen. Bernard Gordon Ehrlich (ret.))

To whom it may concern:

I am requesting an update regarding the above captioned FOIPA request.

Per letter from the Bureau, I was quoted 13,798 pages of records potentially responsive to the subject of the request. I was given a quote of $415 for cost.

In response, MuckRock sent a $415 check on my behalf January 31, 2020.

I checked FBI's Vault website for the above cationed FOIPA Request number, and there is no indication that this request is in the system.

While I understand the dilemma RIDS and the Bureau are in concerning coronavirus restrictions, I will note that this request was made months in advance of the emergency measures.

My thanks for your attention to this matter,
T. McElwee

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

You can download the files at:

* [Ef27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641_Q68700_D2614683.pdf](https://efoia.fbi.gov/download-file/submission-f27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641/h3hR6h5O3xSZFni/Ef27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641_Q68700_D2614683.pdf)

**Please Note:**

The above link(s) are only active for 48hrs. After the link expires you will
have the option to reactivate the link(s) for an additional 48hrs. The max
renewal limit is two (2) times. Thereafter, the links can no longer be
accessed.

You can renew the download files by logging into the efoia system and clicking
the "Renew" button in the file list.

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From: Muckrock Staff

Please see attached. Thank you for your help with this request!

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Good morning,

Thank you for contacting foipaquestions@fbi.gov. Please check the status of your FOIPA Request at http://vault.fbi.gov by clicking on "Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request" on the right side of the page, and follow the instructions below.

Check the Status of Your FOIPA Request
If your FOIPA Number is [1234567-0] please enter [1234567-000] into the system. If your FOIPA Number is [1234567-1] please enter [1234567-001] into the system. If you have any questions about the status of your FOIPA request, please e-mail foipaquestions@fbi.gov.

FIND STATUS OF FOIPA- Request statuses are updated weekly

Please enter the whole FOIPA number-Example: [1234567-000]

FOIPA:
Results will show the Request Number, Case Type and Process Description shown below:
FOIPA:
1234567-000

Case Type:
FOIPA

Process Description (Will display the current progress of the request)
The FBI's FOIPA Program is searching the FBI's indices for potentially responsive documents.
You may be contacted via formal letter for all fees and/or negotiation issues that may apply.

NOTE: Recent requests are entered into the FOIPA database in the order that they are received. Before you can check the status, you must have received correspondence assigning a FOIPA request number and the information transferred to the online database. Status information is updated weekly. If a request has been closed within the last six months the online database will display the following: The FOIPA number entered has been closed, and appropriate correspondence has been sent to the address on file.

Estimated Dates of Completion
Requests are processed in the order in which they are received through our multi-track processing system. Requests are divided into two primary tracks--simple (under 50 pages of potentially responsive documents) and complex (over 50 pages of potentially responsive documents). Complex requests are further divided into medium, large, and extra-large sub-tracks based upon request size. Simple track requests typically require the least amount of time to process. Currently, simple track cases average approximately 152 days from the date of receipt for processing. Our complex requests in the medium processing track are currently averaging 922 days, large processing track are currently averaging approximately 1,964 days, and extra-large processing track are currently averaging 2,360 days for processing.

Respectfully,

Public Information Officer
FBI - Information Management Division
200 Constitution Drive
Winchester, VA 22602
O: (540) 868-4593
E: foipaquestions@fbi.gov<mailto:foipaquestions@fbi.gov>

Do you have further questions about the FOI/PA process? Visit us at http://www.fbi.gov/foia

Please check the status of your request online at https://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps Status updates are performed on a weekly basis.

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    Vito20Castellano20Obituary20-20Brooklyn2C20NY20_20Daily20News.pdf

  • 10/21/2019

    Bernard20Ehrlich20Obituary20-20Mount20Kisco2C20NY20_20The20Journal20News.pdf

  • 10/24/2019

    Ef27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641_Q68691_D2366525

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    Ef27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641_Q68691_D2366525

  • 10/25/2019

    Obituary20of20Vito20Castellano20_20Marine20Park20Funeral20Home20Inc20serving20.._.pdf

  • 10/25/2019

    Bernard20Ehrlich20Obituary20-20Mount20Kisco2C20NY20_20The20Journal20News.pdf

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    Ef27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641_Q68700_D2375451.pdf

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    Ef27b2f300819e5e73215260494745a3bccc3c641_Q68700_D2393457.pdf

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