Archive for the ‘Thruway Authority’ Category

Follow up to Last Week’s NYSTA FOIL Adventure

Look up at the sky, and what do you see? Endless space.

Something else that’s endless: the rabbit hole one falls into when making a FOIL request of the New York State Thruway Authority. Turns out I’m not alone.

CBS6 newscaster and reporter Greg Floyd described his nearly year-long attempt to get financial information about the new Capital Region Welcome Center.

And although some of the information I asked for was revealed in a press release last Friday, Records Access Officer Jill B. Warner told me:

“We are performing a diligent search for records responsive to your request. We will notify you of our progress by March 3, 2020. Copies of responsive documents are available pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law Section 87(1)(b) & (c).”

Now it’s moot; however, no one is alone for long in the NYSTA FOIL rabbit hole. My journey began with floating concrete batch plants . . .

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2020

Making a Neighborhood Trail into a Tourist Site

During Friday’s conversation the project official said the art will be a destination for people who visit from the city or other parts of the county. Perhaps.

When I noted one artist from Rockland was chosen, and none is from Westchester, he said there was a lengthy selection process, and wouldn’t I agree that the best artists live in or near the city?

No, I told him. I disagree.

TAPPAN ZEE (Ilan Averbuch, Long Island City) Sculpture

The above sculpture “pays homage to the Native American Lenape and their history along the Hudson River, while also symbolizing the value of collaboration in crossing rivers, building communities, and reaching new horizons,” the press release said.

I hope New York State’s next governor will consider paying homage to their history along the Hudson River by restoring the name Tappan Zee to the new bridge.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2020

Secret’s Out yet Some knew Ahead of Others

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The long-awaited announcement about artists whose works will be placed where on the westbound span’s side path was revealed publicly Friday (January 31) at 11 a.m.

However, it was revealed privately the day (or hours) before, evidenced by a news story published at 7:27 a.m. that day.

Timing of the nicely-explained story featuring the art in a slideshow is another example of how the state plays favorites with media. I’ve experienced it several times during the past nearly eight years I’ve written about this project.

The project’s director of communications called me Thursday night and said lots of information would be coming the next day even though word was already out. It’s not the first time a project spokesperson lied to me and either covered his tracks or denied it.

Some media are more important than others, it seems.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2020

Stalling and Deflecting: Nothing New for NYSTA

What happens when deadlines are missed, and reporters ask about them? Silence.

So much for Governor Cuomo’s talk about FOIL requests and open government.

The bike racks were to have been completed three months ago.

As I wrote in another blog post, I’m in good company: the consortium that won the contract to build the bridge that was to have opened within 62 months of its start date is one of many groups suing the New York State Thruway Authority for stalling when asked to provide public records.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2020

So Much Secrecy in the Bridge Project’s Cache

View from the EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown Dec. 16, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.

This is getting old.

Thruway Authority Records Access Officer Jill B. Warner repeated her sing-song reply to me years after the batch plant accident, when no one wanted the truth known that the second mobile concrete mini-factory was doomed to malfunction so it, too, was immediately shut down.

Sources told me the governor’s office reviewed each project-related FOIL request with a fine-tooth comb.

I’d asked for information about the oh-so-many-months-ago call for proposals from artists to create a mural and bicycle racks for the bridge that was to have opened five years and two months after the project began. Path’s still not open.

“The Thruway Authority acknowledges your correspondence dated January 13, 2020 which, pursuant to FOIL, requested,” Warner’s email said.

What is the agency hiding? It mocks the FOIL request by saying it is “performing a diligent search for records” about projects it initiated and “will notify (me) of (its) progress by February 19, 2020.”

When I got too close for comfort last time, one of its lawyers called me to try and silence me: going to any length to hide the truth. Small consolation knowing the agency also stalled other reporters and the bridge project’s design-build team.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2020

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