Annabi Exposes City Hall's Vindictive Holding of Information
YONKERS, NY -- January 19, 2007 -- Council Member Annabi has today revealed proof that exposes the administration for their lack of cooperation and communication with City Council Members in their efforts to get information. Annabi said, “Once again the Mayor’s office has blocked our efforts in trying to obtain public information from their office.”
From: Debbie Kayal
To: Phil Amicone
CC: Lisa Mrijaj; William Regan
Sent: Thu Jan 18 16:53:12 2007
Subject: Yonkers City owned properties
Please advise where I may obtain a list of all Yonkers’ City owned properties. If your office has an updated list please forward a copy to my office, if not, please advise where I may obtain a copy.
Thank you for your attention to this request.
Council Member Annabi
“Mayor Amicone’s Chief of Staff, Lisa Mrijaj has made her ill intentions known by advising the Mayor and Deputy Mayor to withhold public information from the Council.”, Annabi said. “A request was made by my office to obtain a copy of a list of Yonkers’ City owned properties but clearly, unless you are a political ally of this administration, you’re not privy to any information and information is deliberately withheld” Annabi continued, “This is a perfect example of how government should not be operating.”
In a request made by Council Member Annabi’s office to obtain public information a response from the Chief of Staff to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor in an email advised, “I would not give it to her especially unless we know why she wants it. She has not done anything to help us.” Annabi said.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Lisa Mrijaj" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Sandy Annabi" <email@example.com>, "Phil Amicone" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2007 22:15:20 -0500
Subject: Re: Yonkers City owned properties
I would not give it to her especially unless we know why she wants it. She has not done anything to help us
“This is proof that unless you are in
a position to help the Mayor, you are not going to get the cooperation
or services needed of his office and staff.” Furthermore, department
heads are instructed not to communicate or provide vital information
to the Council unless the requests are made through the Mayor’s office.
“As a result of the chief of staff’s decision, my office must now resort to obtaining public information through the Freedom of Information Law.” In addition, Annabi is requesting the Chief of Staff, Lisa Mrijaj, to explain her statement to the people of Yonkers.
For further information, contact Councilwoman Sandy Annabi's aide Debbie Kayal at 1-914 / 377.6312.
Inquiry of City Hall has been made but has not been returned.