Recent Work

Department of Labor Abusing the FOIL Disclosure Exemptions

A FOIL request for records between two public agencies was denied for blanket exemption claims. As more and more agencies deny requests without stating explicit reasons, transparency becomes harder to grasp. GJC hopes to remedy this by setting a precedent in this case against DOL and the Town of Queensbury.

Fighting for Vocational Freedom

Lori Smith is a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist and horse enthusiast. She was ordered by the state of New York to cease and desist her horse massage therapy business, “Five Feathers Equine Massage.”

Uncovering Nassau County Assessment Secrets

The Government Justice Center has filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Nassau County on behalf of Mr. Duffy to grant him and other residents access to the algorithm used in determining real residential property values in the recent countywide reassessment process.

GJC Files JCOPE Complaint Against Attorney General

The Government Justice Center today filed a complaint with the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) detailing misconduct by New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood, and Special Assistant Attorneys General Matthew Eisenson and Gavin McCabe. AG Underwood and her assistants are violating New York’s ethics law, the complaint explains, by accepting funding from […]

Uncovering Scaffold Law Data

On May 9, 2018, the Government Justice Center filed a petition on behalf of the Empire Center for Public Policy in the New York County Supreme Court in Empire Center for Public Policy, Inc. v. New York State Department of Financial Services, Index No. 154321/2018. Among other things, the Empire Center performs research and produces […]

Keeping 211 Waivers in Check

On May 4, 2018, the Government Justice Center filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Empire Center for Public Policy in Police Benevolent Association of New York State, Inc. v. State of New York, et al., Case No. 525746 in the Third Department Appellate Division. The case relates to Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) […]