More Whac-a-Mole From Town Spokesperson A.J. Carter
We recently published two stories about elected officials being stonewalled in obtaining pertinent financial information in the use of public money. One was regarding a request made by Councilman Mark Mayoka, the other by Councilman Gene Cook. Prior to publishing the stories we asked for comments from Town Hall. As is typical, they simply ignored our requests for information. After repeated requests for this information, we received a snarky one word response from Town Spokesperson A.J. Carter. (see the exchange below).
Does A.J. Carter take it upon himself to be evasive in responding to direct questions or is this something he is directed to do? Residents of the town should be outraged that an elected councilperson should need to FOIL financial information that directly impacts their ability to serve the people of this town.
We encourage all readers to forward us any FOIL requests that have gone unanswered at firstname.lastname@example.org. We intend to publish them and keep an ongoing record. Bear in mind, that A.J. Carter’s position is an appointed one. Would he be so evasive and comfortable in regularly violating the FOIL Laws if he was elected?
Our request for information:
Do you have any comment regarding the press releases from both Gene Cook
and Mark Mayoka regarding their difficulty in obtaining information from
town departments? Is it typical procedure for an elected official to
need to FOIL for financial information?
Town Spokesperson A.J. Carter’s response: