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New York School Construction Authority's Property Acquisition Details Ordered Disclosed

New York attorney Michael Greco petitioned for the disclosure of appraisal and settlement documents involving New York School Construction Authority (Authority) acquisitions. The Authority moved to dismiss but the court ordered the documents produced.

The Authority took parcels of property in Far Rockaway to build a school and had reached settlement agreements with some property owners. Greco sought the documents on behalf of his clients involved in pending litigation with the Authority over one of the parcels. The Authority argued that the documents were exempt from disclosure under the State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) due to the impairment of "present or imminent contract awards" and as "non-final determinations."

The Queens County Supreme Court of New York held that neither exemption applied under the FOIL. The Authority was ordered to produce the requested documents and to submit the appraisal reports to the court for in camera inspection all within 20 days. See: Greco v. Supp. 654 N.Y.S.2d 560 (1997).

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