On August 12, 2015, I made a simple request under the Freedom of Information Law for the attendance numbers on Belmont Stakes Day, June 11, 2015. See below in blue type.
When NYRA was taken over by the State of New York, the mandate to the newly formed NYRA board was
“This temporary reorganization board shall be under public control to ensure The New York Racing Association, Inc. works in the best interest of all stakeholders in horse racing including fans, owners and breeders by managing the state racing franchise with transparency and accountability.”
A copy of the legislation can be found here.
Transparent? Like lead.
Rather than supply the information as requested, NYRA though its Records Access Officer Iris Roberts has chosen to stall its response for 20 business days. See below in red type.
8/20/2015 Gmail FOIL Request
Dear Ms. Roberts/Records Access Officer,
This is a request under the New York State Freedom of Information/Open Meetings Law. On 12/12/12 the NYRA board moved that NYRA would conduct business subject to compliance with the NYS Open Meetings Law and NYS Freedom of Information Law. http://www.nyra.com/assets/1/7/Reorg_Board_Minutes_Dec._12,_2012.pdf
Please email the following records:
Attendance numbers, not the attendance cap, for the 2015 Belmont Stakes day, June 11, 2105.
If any the requested records cannot be emailed to me, please inform me by email of the portions that can be emailed and advise me of the cost for reproducing the remainder of the records requested ($0.25 per page or actual cost of reproduction).Please advise me of the appropriate time during normal business hours for inspecting the above records requested prior to obtaining copies.
If my request is too broad or does not reasonably describe the records, please contact me via email so that I may clarify my request, and when appropriate inform me of the manner in which records are filed, retrieved or generated.
If it is necessary to modify my request, and an email response is not preferred, please contact me at the following telephone number: XXXXXXXXXX.
If for any reason any portion of my request is denied, please inform me of the reasons for the denial in writing and provide the name, address and email address of the person or body to whom an appeal should be directed. Thank you,
1/1August 19, 2015
Dear Ms. O’Connell:
On behalf of The New York Racing Association, Inc., I hereby acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Law request received August 12, 2015. Your request is being reviewed and you will be provided with a further response within 20 business days hereof.
Iris Roberts, Esq.
Records Access Officer