Group: 49 LI entities hiding information on taxpayer money

The group Reclaim New York says in March it asked 253 towns, villages and school districts across Long Island for a record of how they are spending revenue. They say 49 either ignored or denied their request.

The group Reclaim New York says in March it asked 253 towns, villages and school districts across Long Island for a record of how they are spending revenue. They say 49 either ignored or denied their request. (6/7/16)

MINEOLA - Dozens of government agencies on Long Island are accused of hiding information about how they're spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money.

The group Reclaim New York says in March it asked 253 towns, villages and school districts across Long Island for a record of how they are spending revenue. They say 49 either ignored or denied their request.

The group is taking legal action against the Elmont School District and two other entities it says are the worst offenders: the Manhasset School District and the Town of Oyster Bay. It says the town has ignored repeated requests to release its budget information.

"To be clear, these are all public records legally required to be accessible," says Brandon Muir, of Reclaim New York.

A spokesperson says the Town of Oyster Bay will release the information as soon as possible, but says it's nearly 1,400 pages worth of documents.

The group says it shouldn't take legal action to force municipalities to release their financial information.

The Freedom of Information Law allows anyone to see how municipalities are spending taxpayer money.

Elmont and Manhasset school districts did not return a call to comment on this story.

 

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