to Know Advocate Speaks" - By Peter J. LaGrasse, February
12, 2011 (A slightly edited version of this article was published
in the Adirondack Journal, Warrensburg, N.Y., February
Robert Freeman, the chief of New York State's Open
Government Office since its inception thirty years ago, held
the Chestertown audience's rapt attention on February
9 answering any and all questions related to open government
and freedom of information law.
- "The Freedom of Information
Request" (With Sample Letter) - By Carol W. LaGrasse
(PRFA Background Brief, December 2004)
Knowledge is the first key to success in defending private
property rights. Although based on New York and federal freedom
of information law, this article has important information applicable
anywhere in the United States.
on Open Government Assists LaGrasse FOIL Request" -
By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, Dec. 29, 2003)
Records of citations of rental properties were sought after
small landlords in Ellenville complained to PRFA about numerous
petty citations. The Village of Ellenville imposed a $300 "administrative
fee" in addition to the statutory 25 cents per copy
Property Rights Primer How to Educate Yourself"
By Susan Allen, Keene Valley, N.Y. (PRFA, December 10, 2002)
Don't rely on others. If you have been hit with a property
rights issue, "you need to become very knowledgeable
in a very great hurry." This primer by an expert
tells you how to gather information about government programs
and land ownership without any prior background.
- Terrorism - The New Excuse to Deny a Freedom of Information
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection
lands bureau denied PRFA's request for records of newly
issued or imposed revocable access permits for private landowners
who must pass through City-owned lands to reach their property
in the New York City watershed. See the following exchange of
- 1. Reply
from Marilyn Shanahan, New York City DEP, to Carol W. LaGrasse,
PRFA., November 1, 2002.
- 2. FOIL
request from Carol W. LaGrasse, PRFA, to Marilyn Shanahan, New
York City DEP, Office of Water Supply Lands, October 21, 2002