In the Matter of the Application of: LISA HARBATKIN vs NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF RECORDS AND INFORMATION SERVICES et. al.

BRIEF OF AMICI CURIAE

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This amici curiae brief was submitted in support of Petitioner-Appellant Lisa Harbatkin for reversal of the judgment below, which denied unrestricted public access to historic “anti-Communist” records maintained by the City of New York’s Department of Records and Information Services under New York State’s Freedom of Information Law (Article 6 of the N.Y. Public Officers Law §§84-90, et seq.)(hereinafter, “FOIL”). The denial was made by improperly expanding the narrow “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy” exemption to FOIL. Id. at §87(2)(b)(McKinney 2010). Amici—a media trade association, publishers of daily and weekly newspapers and magazines, cable companies, internet sites, an international news service and a literary and human rights organization—have

involved themselves in this controversy to underscore the far-reaching, adverse impact of the decision appealed from beyond the interests of the parties.

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Reference Info:State, 2nd Circuit, New York | United States


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