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June 19, 2014

Towns miss deadline on FOI request

MEDINA —

Freedom of Information requests submitted April 15 to the towns of Ridgeway and Shelby for public records related to the proposed dissolution of the Village of Medina have yet to be fulfilled even though the deadline to do so has elapsed.

The records request was filed by the Medina Journal-Register, which publishes its last edition on Friday.

Both towns acknowledged receiving the detailed request and said they would strive to respond in a timely manner.

The state FOI law requires producing public records within 20 business days – unless otherwise specified — upon acknowledging receipt of a request. That would make last Friday the approximate deadline for responding.

Yet the request has not nearly been met. A call to both town offices last week indicated there were two billing invoices ready for pickup and nothing else.

One town clerk, Ridgeway’s Barb Klatt, said part of the request was unclear and another, Shelby’s Darlene Rich, said the town’s response would come from a third party.

In a May 19 letter addressed to this reporter, care of The Journal-Register, attorney Emilio Colaiacovo wrote he will provide the requested information “if those documents exist ... as quickly as possible.”

Colaiacovo, a partner at Bouvier Partnership, LLP, also said he had been retained by the towns “to handle all Freedom of Information requests relative to the matters concerning the proposed dissolution of the Village of Medina.” On Tuesday, Colaiacovo said by phone he would endeavor to fill the original request by the end of the week.

In two separate letters delivered to a Journal-Register reporter’s home earlier this month, Colaiacovo also said he represents Andina Barone, owner of the public relations company Mindful Media Group, and her mother Gabrielle Barone. Colaiacovo’s letters cautioned against publishing disparaging information about his clients.

Mindful Media Group is handling public relations for the towns of Ridgeway and Shelby in their objection to dissolving the Village of Medina.

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