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Monday, April 20, 2015

Michael Kink Files a Freedom of Information Request For Cuomo Officials and Bigtime Donors


FOI seeks emails between Cuomo aides and donors

Michael Kink

Monday, April 20, 2015, 5:22 AM

Here is an item from my "Albany Insider" column that was cut for space from Monday's editions:
Michael Kink, the executive director of the Strong Economy For All Coalition filed a formal request last week with the Cuomo administration seeking any emails between Cuomo officials and dozens of bigtime donors who are either hedgefund managers or their spouses.
The freedom of information request came Friday on the heels of the latest WikiLeaks of emails showing how top SONY officials sought help with the state's film tax credit program at around the same time they were getting ready to pony up $50,000 to Cuomo's reelection campaign.
Here is the FOI request involving 27 Cuomo administration officials and about three dozen hedgefunders.
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Subject: FOIL request
April 17, 2015
Sherry Hwang
FOIL Counsel
Executive Chamber
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
Subject: FOIL Request
Dear Ms. Hwang:
Under the New York Freedom of Information Law, N.Y. Pub. Off. Law sec. 84 et seq., I am requesting copies of all email correspondence between any and all members of the Executive Chamber listed below in Column A and any and all individuals listed in Column B.
I am requesting copies of all email correspondence between individuals in Column A and Column B for the period Jan. 1, 2012, up to and including April 17, 2015.
Executive Chamber (Column A)
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Secretary to the Gov. William Mulrow
Director of State Operations Jim Malatras
Executive Deputy Secretary to the Gov. Joseph Percoco
Counselor to the Governor Drew Zambelli
Counsel to the Gov. Linda Lacewell
Special Advisor to the Gov. Susan Del Percio
Deputy Director of State Operations for Policy Andrew Kennedy
Deputy Director of State Operations for Administration Matthew Millea
Deputy Director of State Operation for Programs Joseph Rabito
Director of Policy John Maggiore
Counsel to the Gov Alphonso David
First Deputy Counsel Carey Gabay
Assistant Counsel Ali Chaudhry
Assistant Counsel Maureen Coleman
Assistant Counsel John Czajka
Assistant Counsel Nathaniel Dorfman
Assistant Counsel Nadine Fontaine
Assistant Counsel Niall O'Hegarty
Assistant Counsel Cara Palumbo Schrantz
Assistant Counsel Kendra Rubin
Assistant Counsel Sandi Toll
Communications Melissa DeRosa
Press Secretary John Kelly

* Secretary to the Gov. Larry Schwartz

* Director of State Operations Howard Glaser

* Served in Cuomo’s Executive Chamber during the time covered by this retrospective FOIL
Individuals (Column B)
Gregg Hymowitz
James Dinan
Robert Coburn
James Chanos
William Ackerman
Larry Robbins
Toni Sosnoff
Louis Bacon
James Simons
Elizabeth Miller
Carl Icahn
Philip Falcone
Daniel Nir
Daniel Loeb
Kathe Dyson
Paolo Pellegrini
John Petry
Jill Braufman
Jonathan Sandelman
Marc Lasry
Cathy Lasry
Craig Effron
Marilyn Simons
Martin Sosnoff
David Einhorn
John Dyson
Mario Gambelli
Orin Kramer
Brian Olson
Bruce Kovner
Deborah Hymowitz
Jeffrey Altman
Samuel Cole
David Mandelbaum
Glenn Dubin
Leon Wagner
Henry Laufer
Peter May
Paul Tudor Jones
If all of 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).
If the requested records cannot be emailed to me due to the volume of records identified in response to my request, please advise me of the actual cost of copying all records onto a CD, hard drive or zip drive.
 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: 518-xxx-xxxx.
 The New York Freedom of Information Law requires a response time of five business days. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than this amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies.
If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.
 Thank you for your consideration and prompt attention to this request.

Executive Director
Strong Economy For All Coalition