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Erie County: Finally, answers on sheriff’s helicopter use

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Finally, answers on sheriff's helicopter use - Investigative Post
The Erie County Sheriff wants a new $10 million helicopter and cites rescues as a reason why. But records don’t indicate if any of the rescues saved people in life-threatening situations.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Dept wants a new helicopter at a cost of $10 million. Investigative Post filed a FOIL request to find out how often the current helicopter has been used.
The FOIL request was initially denied on the basis that providing flight records would endanger lives and public safety.
At least the Sheriff’s Dept. realized that it was an absurd argument to deny the FOIL on the basis that providing the records would endanger lives or safety. It took 119 days, but the requested records were provided.

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Paul is the founder of the NY Coalition For Open Government and has truly loved seeing it become what it is today and is excited about its future growth.

As an attorney for 32 years, he is a partner in the law firm of Berzer & Wolf. Prior to his private law practice, Paul served in several government positions with the Buffalo Common Council, Buffalo Housing Authority, and Erie County.

When he is not practicing law and doing open government stuff, Paul enjoys spending time with his spouse, Cheryl, and his three children, Michael, Joseph, and Julia. Paul resides in Amherst, NY, a suburb of Buffalo.

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