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County Board Of Elections Acknowledges Oversight

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Board of Elections issued a statement Friday in response to the New York Coalition for Open Government’s report criticizing the county board for failing to answer a Freedom of Information Law request. Commissioners Brian Abram and Luz Torres jointly stated the following:

“We respect the work of the New York Coalition for Open Government in advocating the right of citizens to access information from public institutions. Due to an oversight in Chautauqua County’s FOIL review process, the Coalition’s FOIL request to the BOE made via email last summer did not receive a response. Until the Coalition’s Report was released earlier this week, the BOE was unaware of the oversight and will be sending the Coalition a response as soon as possible. The BOE frequently receives FOIL requests from the public, and we routinely reply to them in a timely manner. We regret the unintended oversight that occurred in this case.”

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