Home Addresses of Handgun Licensees and Hate Crime Victims Not Released.
In a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) case brought by the New York Times against the City of New York Police Department, the First Department determined several important procedural aspects of a FOIL request including the proper vehicle to address an untimely response or ruling (Article 78), the proper vehicle for hybrid FOIL and declaratory relief (combined petition and complaint), and the “futility exception” to the exhaustion of administrative remedies applies to FOIL requests. With respect to the substance of the FOIL request, the First Department ruled that the home addresses of handgun licensees and the home addresses of hate crime victims should not be released. New York Times Company vs City of New York Police Department, 7994, 116449/10 First Dept. 2-5-13