Judge Orders NYC To Release Review Of City’s 911 System

April 9, 2012 12:00 AM

Judge Orders NYC To Release Review Of City’s 911 System
" NEW YORK (CBSNewYork / AP) - New York City must release a consultant’s review of the city’s 911 system and emergency response times that Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s administration has been fighting to keep private, a civil court judge decided Monday.

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Saying his decision stemmed from a belief in open government and transparency, Supreme Court Justice Arthur F. Engoron said that the taxpayer-funded consultant’s report and all its drafts belong to the people of New York City.

“The city’s not the only interest group here. And the city’s not infallible,” Engoron said after comparing the city’s claim that the report should be private to President Richard Nixon’s claims of executive privilege during the Watergate scandal.

Lawyers for the city had argued that the review is still just a draft. It was commissioned after a massive blizzard in December 2010 that stranded ambulances and backed up the emergency call system. The city’s lawyers claimed that an order to release the documents could have a chilling effect on city employees, who might become reluctant to freely express their opinions "

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